Thresholds models of technological transitions

Paolo Zeppini, Koen Frenken, Roland Kupers

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We present a systematic review of seven threshold models of technological transitions from physics, biology, economics and sociology. The very same phenomenon of a technological transition can be explained by very different logics, ranging from economic explanations based on price, performance and increasing returns to alternative explanations based on word-of-mouth recommendation, convergence of expectations, or social mimicking behaviour. Our review serves as a menu for future modelling exercises that can take one or more elementary transition models as a basis, and extend these model to fit more specific sectoral, technological or territorial contexts.
LanguageEnglish
Pages54–70
JournalEnvironmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
Volume11
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StatusPublished - Jun 2014

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Thresholds models of technological transitions. / Zeppini, Paolo; Frenken, Koen; Kupers, Roland.

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