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Title: The entry strategies of research-based firms in the transition to a sustainable energy system
Authors: Fontes, M.
Sousa, C.
Keywords: Actor behaviour
Case studies
Commercialisation strategy
Complementary assets
Disruptive innovation
Entry strategies
New entrants
Niche regime interaction
Renewable energy technologies
Research-based firms
Sustainability transitions
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract: The paper discusses the entry strategies adopted by research-based firms introducing advanced renewable energy technologies (RET) in the electricity production sector and their interactions with regime incumbents. Drawing on the sustainability transitions and the strategic management of technology literatures we build an analytical framework and apply it, in an exploratory way, to firms operating in two very diverse energy niches - wind and wave energy - using in depth-case studies. The results suggest that new entrants tend to depend on complementary assets possessed by incumbents, but have conditions to protect their technologies from expropriation; and that the technologies are relevant for (at least some) incumbents, which show interest on them, or are directly involved in their development/use. This is, in most cases, conducive to 'cooperation' strategies, which assume different forms according to the stage of development of the technology and its proximity to incumbents' competences and assets.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1504/IJTE.2017.091012
ISSN: 1746-5370
Appears in Collections:DINÂMIA'CET-RI - Artigo em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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