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The manifestations of formal standardisation and lobbying activities in innovation deals

Natrup, Daniel (2017) The manifestations of formal standardisation and lobbying activities in innovation deals.

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Abstract:This dissertation researches the manifestations of direct lobbying activities in form of regulatory capture, cultural capture, and corporate capture as well as proposed regulatory adaptions in the Innovation Deal ‘Sustainable waste water treatment combining anaerobic membrane technology and water reuse’ and in the Green Deal ‘Gelijkspanning Haarlemmeer’. The objectives of the study were (1) to detect if formal standardisation is pursued in order to promote innovations (2) to show if participants use the Deal concept to lobby for their organisations interests (3) to illustrate if participants use the Innovation Deal to lobby for their country’s interests, and (4) to identify if the proposed changes in the regulatory framework benefit the interests of specific companies more than the public interest. The fierce discussion in innovation management and public administration literature about the impact of regulation on innovation and the introduction of this new Innovation Deal instrument motivated the researcher to undertake this study. The topic was specified on lobbying in the face of the manifold interests present at the European level. In order to conduct this multiple case study semi-structured interviews with the aid of a questionnaire were applied. Data was collected via Skype or telephone from a sample of both projects as well as non-participants. The resulting qualitative data was analysed by computer assisted analysis software. The study resulted in the conclusion that both Deals are used to lobby for organisations interests (regulatory capture), however, these concerns are predominantly holistic (cultural capture). A regulatory support for both sustainable innovations will benefit the common good more than private companies (corporate capture). In addition, we found evidence for the use of formal standardisation as a coordination instrument to promote innovations in more emerging markets.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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