Analyzing the functional dynamics of technological innovation systems: A scheme of analysis
Journal article, 2008

Various researchers and policy analysts have made empirical studies of innovation systems in order to understand their current structure and trace their dynamics. However, policy makers often experience difficulties in extracting practical guidelines from studies of this kind. In this paper, we operationalize our previous work on a functional approach to analyzing innovation system dynamics into a practical scheme of analysis for policy makers. The scheme is based on previous literature and our own experience in developing and applying functional thinking. It can be used by policy makers not only to identify the key policy issues but also to set policy goals.



Functional analysis

Innovation systems


Staffan Jacobsson

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Bo Carlsson

Sven Lindmark

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Annika Rickne

Research Policy

0048-7333 (ISSN)

Vol. 37 3 407-429

Subject Categories

Business Administration

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified



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