System Transition - Concepts and Framework for Analysing Nordic Energy System Research and Governance

System Transition. Concepts and Framework for Analysing Nordic Energy System Research and Governance Könnölä, Totti; van der Have, Robert; Carrillo-Hermosilla, Javier 2008. VTT, Espoo. 42 p. VTT Working Papers : 99

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Totti Könnölä

Fundación Instituto de Empresa, S.L. - IE Business School

Javier Carrillo-Hermosilla

University of Alcala, School of Economic and Business Sciences

Robert P. van der Have

Aalto University - Institute of Strategy; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

System transitions are complex societal co-evolutionary processes that are typically led by gradual adaptation rather than visionary management or coordination. Still, visionary coordination of policies, regulation, corporate strategies and social learning may overcome some barriers and foster new innovation efforts providing sufficient impetus towards system transition. Building on earlier literature and experiences on system transitions and related research and governance, this paper develops an analytical framework. This framework integrates different transitions phases, levels and dimensions and combines them with the governance functions to provide overarching frames for understanding system transitions. While the framework is developed keeping in mind its application in the Nordic energy system transition research and governance, it may also be applicable in other sectors. For the didactic purposes, the paper applies the framework in the analysis of the three energy sector projects by positioning them in the developed framework. Further in-depth analysis of recent and on-going research and governance efforts may provide a good basis to identify relevant synergies and areas for future developments. Moreover, the use of such an overarching transition framework supports the coordination efforts between many sometimes even controversial efforts in the development of energy systems.

Keywords: energy system transition, innovation, transition management, techno-institutional change

JEL Classification: A12, A13, O14, O20, O31, O33, O38, Q42, Q48

Suggested Citation

Könnölä, Totti and Carrillo-Hermosilla, Javier and van der Have, Robert P., System Transition - Concepts and Framework for Analysing Nordic Energy System Research and Governance (2008). System Transition. Concepts and Framework for Analysing Nordic Energy System Research and Governance Könnölä, Totti; van der Have, Robert; Carrillo-Hermosilla, Javier 2008. VTT, Espoo. 42 p. VTT Working Papers : 99 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1140141 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1140141

Totti Könnölä

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