Technological start-ups in the innovation system: an actor-oriented perspective

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Abstract

The functional approach of the Technological Innovation System (TIS) has become important in innovation theory to understand the dynamics of technological innovations. Until now, TIS has mainly been applied top-down from a policy perspective. The aim of this study was to investigate whether TIS can be used in the management domain, from an actor-oriented perspective, to explain the dynamics in which technological start-ups are involved when developing innovations. We interviewed the founders of 24 technological start-ups about their experiences with the developmental processes of their innovations. Our results highlight that the functions of TIS provide a useful framework to structure the interactions of technological start-ups. Especially the functions ‘Resource Mobilisation’ and ‘Legitimation’ appeared to be important functions for start-ups when developing an innovation. Our findings show that TIS is a promising framework for the strategic management domain that can offer guidance in the development of innovations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-294
Number of pages13
JournalTechnology analysis & strategic management
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2018

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Technological innovation
Start-ups
Innovation system
Innovation
Guidance
Top-down
Mobilization
Interaction
Resources
Innovation theory
Strategic management
Legitimation

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