Incumbent energy companies navigating energy transitions : strategic action or bricolage?

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Heiskanen , E , Apajalahti , E-L , Matschoss , K J & Lovio , R 2018 , ' Incumbent energy companies navigating energy transitions : strategic action or bricolage? ' , Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions , vol. 28 , pp. 57-69 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2018.03.001

Title: Incumbent energy companies navigating energy transitions : strategic action or bricolage?
Author: Heiskanen, Eva; Apajalahti, Eeva-Lotta; Matschoss, Kaisa Johanna; Lovio, Raimo
Contributor organization: Centre for Consumer Society Research
Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2018-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
ISSN: 2210-4224
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2018.03.001
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/246864
Abstract: The behaviour of incumbent energy companies is critical for a transition to a sustainable energy system. We address the recent call for closer conceptualisation of power and agency within transition studies by combining concepts of strategic action fields (Fligstein and McAdam, 2012) and the flat-ontology perspective of arenas of development (Jørgensen, 2012) to identify potential ruptures emerging on the micro scale in the field of sustainable energy. We investigate how new actor configurations in new experimental arenas open field rules for renegotiation. We provide a long-term analysis on how traditional energy field rules have emerged, how two of the most powerful energy companies in Finland have responded to the emergence of sustainable energy and how new forms of collaborations are emerging in the space created by new arenas of development that create ruptures within the incumbent energy coalition.
Subject: 512 Business and Management
arenas
arenas of development
distributed solar-energy
electricity
energy transition
fields
German
incumbent energy company
multilevel perspective
politics
strategic action fields
technology
transformation
United States
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: draft


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