Mr Angus Vantoch-Wood, University of Exeter
A recent POST report on the UK marine energy sector has noted that device developer concerns regarding IP have resulted in restricting information sharing and led to concerns of knowledge transfer and reluctance to collaborate.
Although innovation systems literature almost universally regards knowledge flow and collaboration as the integral ingredient for the successful dynamism of systemic innovation, methods for measuring this knowledge flow have by and large been limited to patent and citation analysis. This in turn has been criticised by some as too narrow a focus since patenting in often shows only a blinkered level of innovative behaviour and does not identify other forms of learning and collaboration such as tank testing, academic/industry collaboration and market research, all of which can result in innovative adaptation.
This paper explores the process of system analysis using Bergek’s Technological Innovation System analysis (TIS). In quantifying key emergent functionalities, it discusses the application of Social Network Analysis as a tool for measuring levels of knowledge flow within the sector, identification of ‘prime movers’ and influences on the overall technological search trajectory. Listing both the opportunities and limitations of this approach as well as suggesting directions for further research within the field.
Ultimately it is hoped that through a stronger and more repeatable methodology for understanding these processes, policy makers can help to identify and address sectoral barriers with a higher degree of confidence and a lower risk of misinterpretation.A Technological Innovation System Analysis of the UK Wave Energy Sector using SNA - Poster.pdf 1.06 MB