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Empirically informing a technology delivery system model for an emerging technology: Illustrated for dye-sensitized solar cells
R&D Management (2012)
  • ying guo
  • chen xu
  • lu huang
  • alan l porter
Abstract
This paper explores how to extract empirical knowledge from R&D, patent, and business literature compilations to help compose an innovation system model. It adapts the key elements and dynamics of “technology delivery system” modeling to a given Newly Emerging Science & Technology. We present a 10-step analytical approach to help characterize the technology, gauge its state of development, and depict the socio-technical system institutions and actors. We apply this to the case of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (“DSSCs”). A new “cross-charting” method appears effective at associating novel technology-enabled capabilities to gain functional advantages, and to link those functions to potential applications. The resulting systems model can help private and public sector decision-makers grasp key structures and processes, and how these can be tuned to enhance the prospects of successful innovation.
Keywords
  • emerging technology,
  • technology delivery system,
  • dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs),
  • future-oriented technology analyses,
  • technological innovation
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
ying guo, chen xu, lu huang and alan l porter. "Empirically informing a technology delivery system model for an emerging technology: Illustrated for dye-sensitized solar cells" R&D Management Vol. 42 Iss. 2 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alan_porter/23/