Socio-cognitive evolution in niche development

Comparative analysis of biogas development in Denmark and the Netherlands (1973-2004)

R. P.J.M. Raven, F. W. Geels

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Abstract

This article addresses the topic of radical innovation, making two additions to the strategic niche management (SNM) approach, which conceptualises how innovations cross the 'valley of death'. First, it articulates the theoretical foundations of SNM, theorizing the connections between social constructivist and evolutionary theories of technical change. Second, the resulting socio-cognitive evolution perspective is used to explain the different patterns in biogas development in the Netherlands and Denmark. In both countries, biogas experienced ups and downs, but the timing and shape of developments differ. A longitudinal, comparative case analysis shows that the socio-cognitive evolution perspective is useful in explaining these differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-99
Number of pages13
JournalTechnovation
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biogas
  • Comparative analysis
  • Socio-cognitive evolution
  • Sustainability
  • Technological niche development

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