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Sub-national lead markets: The diffusion of photovoltaic systems among households in Germany
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Sustainability and Industrial Dynamics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5617-1912
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Sustainability and Industrial Dynamics.
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Germany.
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
2017 (English)In: Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The literature on lead markets has long argued that the global diffusion of innovations is often driven by the country-specific attributes of a lead country. However, less attention has been paid to the sub-national level. Can region-specific attributes of a lead region drive national diffusion? This paper takes the lead market model and applies it to the diffusion of photovoltaic systems among households in Germany. Based on an indicator-based approach, our paper identifies the presence of both lead and lag markets at the sub-national level. Our findings show the importance of the lead market characteristics (i.e., demand, cost, export, transfer and market advantages) of early adopter sub-national regions as critical drivers of the national diffusion of innovations. This is particularly important for policymakers seeking to influence the diffusion of environmental innovations through institutional support. If a national policy can drive the diffusion of an innovation in a specific sub-national region that has lead market attributes, the diffusion in other regions is likely to follow the lead region subsequently. 

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2017.
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Economics Economic Geography Engineering and Technology
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Industrial Economics and Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-211481DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.15681abstractOAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-211481DiVA, id: diva2:1129404
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Academy of Management Conference
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (Grant No. MMW 2013.0194)
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2013.0194
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QC 20170807

Available from: 2017-08-02 Created: 2017-08-02 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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