Technological innovation systems in contexts: Conceptualizing contextual structures and interaction dynamics
Journal article, 2015

This paper addresses interactions between technological innovation systems (TIS) and wider "context structures". While TIS studies have always considered various kinds of contextual influences, we suggest that the TIS framework can be further strengthened by a more elaborated conceptualization of TIS context structures and TIS-context interactions. For that purpose, we identify and discuss four especially important types of context structures: technological, sectorial, geographical and political. For each of these, we provide examples of different ways in which context structures can interact with a focal TIS and how our understanding of TIS dynamics is enhanced by considering them explicitly. Lessons for analysts are given and a research agenda is outlined.

Technological innovation system







Anna Bergek

Linköping University

M. Hekkert

Utrecht University

Staffan Jacobsson

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

J. Markard

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

Björn Sandén

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

B. Truffer

Utrecht University

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

22104224 (eISSN)

Vol. 16 51-64

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance


Subject Categories

Economics and Business

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified



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