The Theoretical Foundations of Sociotechnical Systems Change Forsustainability: A Systematic Literature Review
Savaget, P., Geissdoerfer, M., Kharrazi, A. and Evans, S., 2019. The theoretical foundations of sociotechnical systems change for sustainability: A systematic literature review. Journal of cleaner production, 206, pp.878-892.
15 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2021
Date Written: September 24, 2018
This paper provides a critical literature overview of the foundations of the concepts of sustainability and socio-technical systems change. This review covers the analysis of 182 scientific articles through a combination of bibliometric analysis, snowballing, content analysis and problematization. Our results identify and discuss 14 unique ontological and normative foundations shaping how we understand socio-technical system change for sustainability. These influence both what system change is perceived as desirable and as attainable; as well as how to navigate between all the coexisting pathways, trade-offs,and complexities of the three dimensions of sustainability. By identifying the theoretical foundations, we illustrate the most up-to-date theoretical developments and concomitantly pinpoint a few opportunities for future contributions that improve, refute or complement them, hence shedding light on various research questions to develop the literature further.
Keywords: Sociotechnical systems, Sustainability, Innovation, System change, Systematic literature review
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