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Innovation Systems for Sustainability: An empirical analysis of the role of domestic and Swedish MNCs inBrazil's innovation system
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The intellectual roots of the innovation system (IS) approach lie in attempts tounderstand the complexities of interactive relations in the innovation process. Thisthesis departs from the systemic view that ISs rest on a co-evolutionary process, inwhich on the one hand technical and economic spheres interact with policies andinstitutions, and, on the other, those spheres affect the natural environment. There isalso evidence that ISs have access to the state-of-the-art flows of knowledge, which isperceived positively in terms of international or trans-border scientific andtechnological cooperation.Comprised of a covering essay and a set of publications, this thesis is structured as acombination of five papers containing findings of the research carried out. Thequalitative research design analyzes sustainability as a desirable theoretical constructtowards which the development of ISs should be oriented. As such, special attentionwas given to both the theoretical arguments that relate to sustainability and theimportance of a shift into a new technological regime oriented towards environmentalissues in ISs. A systematization of the two main theoretical analyses of ISs has beenalso emphasized in the thesis as interactive learning and evolutionary technologicalchange theories, which originate respectively from Schumpeterian and neoevolutionarySchumpeterian views.In Edquist’s view (2001, p.35) "there is a strong need for further conceptual andtheoretical development of the IS approach. The best way of doing this is by actuallyusing the approach in empirical research". How the shift of ISs to environmentalsustainability can come about and how they can be brought together systematically isstill a largely unexplored field of research. Accordingly, the aim of this thesis is toconceptually advance an understanding of the IS as a flexible and useful approach toencompass the environmental sustainability dimension.To address this, the thesis develops a conceptual framework for ISs that is orientedtoward sustainability; based on the interactive, resource, and environmental views;and tested empirically. The conceptual framework is illustrated empirically in the casestudies of the Brazilian subsidiary of the Swedish multinational Ericsson and and the Brazilian multinational USIMINAS, with focus placed on their interactionswith the Brazilian innovation system. Since the cases belong to different sectors, thereare variables between the multinationals in terms of the nature of innovation capacity.The contrast between the two cases in terms of technological regimes provedvery interesting, and hence formed the core of the thesis.The IS approach has been gaining ground in academic circles, as well as in the fieldof public innovation policy-making in industrialized and newly industrializedcountries. The findings of the current study suggest that ISs for environmentalsustainability can be categorized as evolutionary, natural resource based, andinternationally oriented. In the context of newly industrialized countries, theinternalization of ISs has been perceived through effects of research and developmentin multinational firms, technology transfer and the international trade of capital goods.The understanding of ISs and the internationalization phenomenon in relation tosustainability warrants further studies; notably studies are required that examine theinternationalization of ISs, empirically viewing this from the perspective of bothindustrialized and newly industrialized economies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. , xii, 95 p.
Series
Trita-SOM , ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2012:17
Keyword [en]
Innovation Systems, Technological Change, Environmental Sustainability
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Järnvägsgruppen - Infrastruktur
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118045ISBN: 978-91-7501-541-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-118045DiVA: diva2:604268
Public defence
2013-02-21, room F3,, KTH Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
Vinnova
Note

RESEARCH FUNDERS

1) Brazilian Agency for Higher Education (CAPES); 2) the ScientificAgency of the Minas Gerais State (FAPEMIG), Brazil. QC 20130211

Available from: 2013-02-11 Created: 2013-02-08 Last updated: 2013-02-15Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Dynamics of Public Entities as Promoters of Innovation, Sustainable Development and Growth
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dynamics of Public Entities as Promoters of Innovation, Sustainable Development and Growth
2005 (English)In: Economic and Technological Dimensions of National Innovation Systems / [ed] Leal Filho, Walter / Weresa, Marzenna, Berlin: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2005, 132-158 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2005
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118049 (URN)978-3-631-54402-0 (ISBN)
Note

QC 20130208

Available from: 2013-02-08 Created: 2013-02-08 Last updated: 2013-02-11Bibliographically approved
2. Strategies for competitiveness and sustainability: Adaptation of a Brazilian subsidiary of a Swedish multinational corporation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategies for competitiveness and sustainability: Adaptation of a Brazilian subsidiary of a Swedish multinational corporation
2009 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Management, ISSN 0301-4797, E-ISSN 1095-8630, Vol. 90, no 12, 3708-3716 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The competitiveness, in terms of macro and micro levels of an enterprise, is often dictated by its capacity to innovate, ability to respond to the needs of the market, and resilience to challenges from competition. This paper reviews the literature on the adaptation of research and development (R&D) units in subsidiaries of multinational corporations. It focuses mainly on the impact of the technological dynamic on sustainability performance of the Brazilian subsidiary of the Swedish multinational Ericsson. Through a conceptual framework, it explores information and communication technologies (ICT) towards a transversal and comprehensive vision of levels of innovation and sustainability.

Keyword
R&D, Innovation, Multinational corporations, Sustainability, research-and-development, innovation, technology, perspective
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-18910 (URN)10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.12.021 (DOI)000271309900004 ()2-s2.0-70349202533 (Scopus ID)
Note
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
3. Sustainability and Technological Capability Accumulation Paths in the Brazilian multinational USIMINAS: an assessment of theory andpractice
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainability and Technological Capability Accumulation Paths in the Brazilian multinational USIMINAS: an assessment of theory andpractice
(English)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118053 (URN)
Note

QS 2013

Available from: 2013-02-11 Created: 2013-02-11 Last updated: 2013-02-11Bibliographically approved
4. Innovation systems and sustainability: An approach for regional clustering and MNCs subsidiaries
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation systems and sustainability: An approach for regional clustering and MNCs subsidiaries
2012 (English)In: World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, ISSN 1741-2242, E-ISSN 1741-2234, Vol. 9, no 1, 56-73 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Innovation systems significantly contribute to the goals of sustainable development. Observed at the regional level, innovation systems show a tendency that exists in technology intensive production to become spatially concentrated in clusters, allowing the enterprises to have a higher degree of specialisation, collective efficiency and competitive advantage. This paper aims to analyse knowledge interactions for sustainability-oriented regional innovation systems. It is empirically examined in the context of the regional innovation system of Campinas, which represents Brazil's leading telecom agglomeration, fostered by governmental policies, endogenous efforts by the region's scientific institutions, equally by extra sources such as the setup of subsidiaries of multinational corporations (MNCs). The results from this study may assist in both innovation systems research and sustainability policy making, especially in emerging economies.

Keyword
Environment, Innovation systems, Linkages, Multinational, Regional dimension, Sustainability
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-94221 (URN)10.1504/WRSTSD.2012.044787 (DOI)2-s2.0-84857154316 (Scopus ID)
Note
QC 20120509Available from: 2012-05-09 Created: 2012-05-09 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
5. Technological trajectories and sustainability: trends in Brazilian subsidiaries of Swedish multinational corporations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Technological trajectories and sustainability: trends in Brazilian subsidiaries of Swedish multinational corporations
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, ISSN 1740-2816, E-ISSN 1740-2824, Vol. 9, no 1, 39-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the prospective interactions between technological trajectories and levels of environmental improvements that provide long-term sustainability issues. It is best illustrated by certain sectors of Brazilian subsidiaries of Swedish multinational corporations (MNCs) as organisational units with ability to generate positive technological externalities in host countries. Technological trajectories are observable as: 1) successive incremental innovations for environmental optimisation of product; 2) a sequence of steps towards radical innovation, associated with new products to redefine the market leading to a socio-environmental structural change. The aim of the paper is enlarge the understanding of technological pathways towards this issue based on newly industrialised countries (NICs) and to give foresight in identifying long-term trends in sustainability.

Keyword
Brazil, Environmental improvements, Industrial sectors, Multinationals, Prospective, Scenarios, Sustainability, Technological trajectories
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118055 (URN)10.1504/IJFIP.2013.051760 (DOI)2-s2.0-84873365460 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20130211

Available from: 2013-02-11 Created: 2013-02-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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