Innovation Uncertainties and Socio-Political Legitimization Minitrack

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Innovation Uncertainties and Socio-Political Legitimization minitrack focuses primarily around innovation uncertainties from a societal perspective and how social-political legitimization supports or hinders processes and organizations’ strategies for developing and diffusing new technologies knowledge diffusion and innovation commercialization. The trend for modern corporate management is to be cognizant of the social right for business to exist and to be inclusive of a broader range of stakeholders and the concerns of society. Organizations should thus actively seek out knowledge from various stakeholders as early as possible in the development cycle, when such feedback is most able to shape the technology for more effective diffusion. Strategies that fail to consider legitimization processes, especially in controversial social environments and/or varying institutional settings, could result in costly delays or promising technology left sitting on the shelf. This track explores how technology developers need to identify key uncertainties of the innovation during the early phases of the technology’s development, allowing them to shape the technology for more efficient diffusion.

This minitrack seeks papers that investigate issues related to innovation uncertainties and explore how organizations can proactively incorporate stakeholder considerations in new development. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovation uncertainties
  • Stakeholder management/ambiguity
  • New product/service development
  • Intellectual property management
  • Societal benefits realization
  • Cognitive legitimization
  • Socio-political legitimization
  • Sustainability
  • Business ethics
  • Public policy formulation
  • Innovation process management
  • Project management
  • Technological diffusion
  • New innovation marketing
  • Technological forecasting
  • Strategic planning
  • Human resource skills management
  • New product/service development

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Vernon Bachor (Primary Contact)
Winona State University

Jeremy Hall
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom


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    Patent Analysis for the Formulation of Technology Policy: Evidence from 4G LTE Industry
    ( 2017-01-04) Chiang, Cheng-Hsin ; Liaw, Yi-Ching ; Wu, Rung-Tai
    Policy-makers seek a more rigorous method of selecting potentially successful technologies to fulfil the requirements of different stakeholders. Patent analysis should be able to assist policy-makers in (1) understanding the development trajectory of technologies and monitoring the status of technological development to gain a dynamic view of the current competition situation; (2) applying the concept of relative patent advantage (RPA) to grasp the comparative advantages or disadvantages of specific technology domains in each nation; and (3) combining the patent data and multivariate methods of analysis to clarify the current state of an industry’s leading technologies. With the goal of combining the methods of patent data analysis and multivariate analysis, we assess the 4G LTE techniques and explore the comparative technological advantages of Top 10 countries with most patents. This study aims to provide suggestions to serve as an important reference for each nation in formulating its future technology policies.
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