Technology development in road construction, how government roles affect project performance

Jasper Caerteling

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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    This dissertation contributes to both the academic and policy debates on the roles of government in technology development in the public sector. In the literature, there are many perspectives that deal with government’s roles in technology development. These perspectives include competition, property rights, market failure and science and education. Depending on these perspectives and their emphasis on demand pull or technology push, scholars have advocated a laissez- faire approach or an active role in encouraging R&D investments and the development and diffusion of new technology. Only few perspectives address both supply and demand-side roles, these include national system of innovation and large technical systems. In this study we use large technical systems as a guiding concept. Large technical systems are characterized by a capital-intensive infrastructure, a broad range of technical components and the involvement of a variety of actors and institutions. Examples are energy and road infrastructure.
    Original languageUndefined
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    • Dorée, Andries G., Supervisor
    • Halman, Johannes I.M., Supervisor
    Award date2 Oct 2008
    Place of PublicationEnschede, the Netherlands
    Print ISBNs978-90-365-2598-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2008


    • IR-59766
    • METIS-250189

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