Novel naval technologies: Sustaining or disrupting naval doctrine

Haico te Kulve, Willem A. Smit

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The defense sector is generally known to be simultaneously conservative and enthusiastic about novel technologies. Uptake of new technologies by the military may differ depending on the perceived impact of new technologies. Introduction of technological changes can sustain or disrupt doctrine and (promoters of) new technologies may be met with less or more resistance respectively. We analyzed dynamics in naval innovation cases to investigate how different types of technological change became associated with either sustaining or disruptive doctrinal innovations. In order to analyze dynamics in the cases, an analytical framework was developed which highlighted a set of factors shaping naval innovation processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1013
JournalTechnological forecasting and social change
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Defense
  • Doctrine
  • Innovation
  • Technological change
  • Organization
  • Product champions


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