Sustainable innovation processes in the asphalt paving sector: A system innovation approach

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adoption of innovations, such as alternative materials and more efficient production
and construction processes, offer a way forward. Despite the progresses already
made, widespread implementation of such innovations is lagging, mainly due to
social and institutional aspects of the transformation such as policies and regulations,
cultural values and norms, lack of awareness and knowledge. This study employs a
system innovation approach to determine which key elements shape sustainability
innovation processes in the asphalt paving sector. To identify elements, we critically
compare empirical patterns that were identified using the Dutch asphalt sector as case
study with theoretical patterns that resulted from a literature review on drivers and
barriers to sustainability and innovation. We conclude that the system innovation
process is determined by a set of fifteen elements including institutional rules, inter
and intra-organizational dynamics, and actors’ roles. This set of elements can be used
to build the structure of the system and explore its dynamics and enable the sector to
reach more efficient innovation processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARCOM Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference 2023
Subtitle of host publicationSeptember 4-6: Proceedings
EditorsApollo Tutesigensi, Christopher J. Neilson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9955463-7-0
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023: Constructing for the Future - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20236 Sept 2023
Conference number: 39


Conference39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleARCOM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Asphalt paving
  • Socio-technical systems
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability


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