Beyond papermaking: technology and market shifts for wood-based biomass industries - management implications for large-scale industries
2014 (English)In: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, ISSN 0953-7325, E-ISSN 1465-3990, Vol. 26, no 8, 875-891 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Growing environmental concerns, emerging economies, and the strong uncertainties about future prices of fossil fuels as well as about CO2 emissions contribute to a potential renaissance for biorefining industries. According to theories on technology shifts and innovations (e. g. [Utterback, J. M. 1994. Mastering the dynamics of innovation. How companies can seize opportunities under technological change. Harvard Business School Press]), heavy process industries like pulp and paper tend to be rigid towards disruptive innovations and instead focus on incremental innovations and economies of scale. However, a major empirical contribution from this case study demonstrates that some incumbents may escape the lock-in and form a new biomass development block. The study also contributes to academic as well as technology and innovation management perspectives in process-based and natural resource-based industries, where process innovations are tightly coupled with product innovations in inter-industry (vertical) linkages, the so-called development block.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 26, no 8, 875-891 p.
innovation management, technology and market shifts, industrial transformation, pulp and paper, development block
Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150544DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.912789ISI: 000339991000002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84905101942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-150544DiVA: diva2:744299
ProjectsI avhandling: Breaking the chains. A technological and industrial transformation beyond papermaking: Technology management of incumbents. TRITA IEO-R 2016:09
Funded by grant 12/09 from the Lars Erik Lundberg Foundation for Research and Education2014-09-082014-09-052016-08-29Bibliographically approved