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Transitions and strategic niche management: Towards a competence kit for practitioners

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Author: Raven, R. · Bosch, S. van den · Weterings, R.
Institution: TNO Bouw en Ondergrond
Source:International Journal of Technology Management, 1, 51, 57-74
Identifier: 360842
Keywords: Research · Competence kit · Experiment · SNM · Strategic niche management · TM · Transition · Transition management · Congestion problem · Learning modules · Policy makers · Potential applications · SNM · Social challenges · Social needs · Strategic niche management · Structural problems · Transition experiment · Transition management · Climate change · Ecology · Management · Traffic congestion · Experiments · Building Engineering & Civil Engineering · IE - Innovation & Environment · BSS - Behavioural and Societal Sciences


Structural problems in modern societies, such as climate change and congestion problems, require 'transitions' towards a more susTWNnable fulfilment of social needs. Recent research shows that experimenting in niches is crucial for learning about social challenges and stimulating transitions. Through a series of 'transition experiments' in different niches, social innovations can be improved and eventually replace dominant practice. This article reviews the literature on transitions and strategic niche management and argues that it has a strong analytical core, but less effort has been made to develop a managerial perspective. The authors aim to contribute to such perspective by developing a 'competence kit': a learning module that provides practitioners (e.g., policy makers, companies, intermediary organisations and NGO's) that are involved in transition experiments with an analytical framework, guidelines and tools and recognisable examples. The results from the first workshop with practitioners to explore potential applications of the competence kit are promising. Copyright © 2010 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.