Lost in translation: challenges in creating new transformative innovation policy practices
Preprint, 2022

The purpose of this paper is to identify key challenges that national policymakers face in trying to translate transformative innovation policy (TIP) theory into policy practice. We focus on the case of the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova’s attempt to translate its TIP-related innovation perspective into the policy practice of the Swedish Innovation Partnership Programme (IPP). By means of a discourse perspective, we identify two key discourses and one institution influencing Vinnova’s translation process. In addition, we describe four key challenges that Vinnova faces in this translation process relating to (i) the involvement of relevant stakeholders, (ii) overcoming a dominant discourse, (iii) time constraints of an institutionalized parliamentary system, and (iv) realizing policy coordination ambitions. This study adds to previous literature in identifying dominant discourses or institutional structures as a key barrier for change. Its contribution is to show how transformative translation challenges are played out in a national-level context.


Transformative innovation policy


mission-oriented policy




Johanna Ulmanen

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Environmental Systems Analysis

Anna Bergek

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation

Hans Hellsmark

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Environmental Systems Analysis

Politiska beslutsfattares förmåga att utveckla en hållbar bioekonomi

Formas (2017-256), 2017-01-01 -- 2019-12-31.


Hållbar utveckling

Innovation och entreprenörskap


Tvärvetenskapliga studier

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