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Disruptive innovation and energy transitions: Is Christensen’s theory helpful?

McDowall, WAS; (2018) Disruptive innovation and energy transitions: Is Christensen’s theory helpful? Energy Research and Social Science , 37 pp. 243-246. 10.1016/j.erss.2017.10.049. Green open access

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Abstract

Clayton Christensen’s term, ‘disruptive innovation’ has become widespread. Unfortunately, Christensen’s theory relies on far too narrow a conception of both disruption and innovation to be a central framework for thinking about low-carbon transitions. It is better understood as describing one specific mechanism of technological and industrial change that contributes to a broader framework of understanding transitions. It should also be understood as a warning and reminder: businesses, policy analysts and energy modellers alike are prone to overlook potential shifts in user demands, and the technological changes that chase and enable them.

Type: Article
Title: Disruptive innovation and energy transitions: Is Christensen’s theory helpful?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.10.049
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.10.049
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Innovation; Energy transitions; Energy modelling
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10031915
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