THE evolution of the sectoral innovation system and the rise of new technological regimes in the automotive sector

Type de publication:

Conference Paper


Gerpisa colloquium, Paris (2012)


      Our paper bases its analysis on the assumption that the processes of technological change have a systemic nature in which innovative activities not only depend on the efforts of individual firms, but also on a number of elements including the consumer behavior and preferences, institutions and knowledge bases that underlie these processes. All these elements evolve together in response to changes in the environment. It is therefore possible to establish a relationship between the changes mentioned above and the behavior of innovative processes in the sector from a systemic point of view.

      In this sense, the paper aims to analyze the Sectoral Innovation System of Automotive Sector through the recognition and analysis of its main dimensions (or building blocks) (MALERBA, 2002; 2004): 1) demand; 2) technological regime and knowledge base; 3) the actors and 4) institutions. The empirical analysis provides a multidimensional and dynamic view of the changes which the automotive innovation system - and consequently the processes of technological change – has undergone in recent times, especially those related to the development of new technologies that reduce environmental impacts related to production and use of automobiles. The construction of each building block uses literature review and data from various sources and databases such as national and international organizations and departments.We conclude that the Sectoral Innovation System of the automotive sector has become significantly more dynamic and complex through a movement of co-evolution of its elements.

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