Technology Users' as Innovators: a fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis


I am cuurently enmployed within the Agribuisness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) at Lincoln University on a 3-year FRST-funded project investigating the conditions under which socio-technical networks best foster technological innovation. Key policy stakeholders include Meat and Wool New Zealand (MWNZ), Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ); the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA), MoRST, MED, Treasury and Department of Building and Housing.

he research aim is to increase our fundamental knowledge of 1) technology-users as a source of innovation, 2) how socio-technical networks help or hinder innovation, 3) the unique technology governance factors in New Zealand, and 4) the distinctive cultural qualities of New Zealand innovation. Our approach will use case study interview data, formal case comparisons, causal mapping, cultural modelling and analysis of survey data to document the socio-technical networks that form around new innovations. These include the key knowledge flows, actors, organisations, and meso-level governance structures, and they way networks operate to support or disincentivise innovation.

A highly qualified research team has been assembled with expertise in sociology, anthropology and psychology, Maori research and commercialising technical innovation. We have collaborations with a MERIT, a leading European research centre specialising in innovation research.

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