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U.S. technological innovation systems for service robotics

Brandt, Mark van den (2010) U.S. technological innovation systems for service robotics.

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Abstract:BACKGROUND: The TWA Network functions as a bridge between research and business between the Netherlands and other countries. The TWA Network in Washington, DC has a focus on the innovation practices of companies, universities and governmental organizations in the robotics industry for the year 2009 and is the principal of this research. OBJECTIVE: This research draws on technological innovation systems (TIS) theory to research innovation practices in the service robotics industry in the U.S. The goal is to identify relevant structural and dynamic factors of the TIS that lead to evolvement of the system and to formulate recommendations for the Dutch service robotics industry. TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS: TIS theory in combination with innovation literature lead to the formulation of the theoretical framework, that consists of structural factors and TIS functions. An industry-wide investigation of the three types of structural factors, actors, networks and institutions, reveals aspects of the TIS that are relatively stable over time. TIS functions represent the dynamic aspects of the system and occur in the form of individual events that can be categorized as one of the seven system functions: F1. Entrepreneurial Activity F2. Knowledge Development F3. Knowledge Diffusion F4. Guidance of the Search F5. Market Creation F6. Resource Mobilization F7. Support from Advocacy Coalitions The intensity and interactions between the functions indicate whether and which motors of innovations are present for a specific TIS. Four motors of innovation are identified with an increasing degree of industry maturity: - Science & Technology Push Motor - Entrepreneurial Motor - System Building Motor - Market motor Interviews and historical data gave insight in function intensity and interactions for the two U.S. case studies Dexterous Manipulation and Autonomous Navigation. RESULTS: asef CONCLUSIONS: asef
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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