Keywords: social construction of technology, nexus, standard setting, automotive innovation, collaborative R&D, research and development, innovation, technological change, regulation, policy making
Direction or mediation? Nexus? role in technology adoption
Despite a nowadays rich tradition in evolutionary socio-economic studies, historic Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) studies and sociological studies, we find a research gap in explaining how collaborative R&D consortia initiate technological change at the regulatory arena. We refer to those consortia as social groups. In the observed R&D project, firms established a new organisation as nexus between collaborative research and policymakers. Their aim is to shape both technology and selection environment. That nexus incorporates firms promoting two different competing technological trajectories; thus, its policy mandate is ambiguous.