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This paper examines the problem of technology diffusion and RTD programme development from the point of view of sociotechnical constituencies. It focuses on effective initiatives aimed at strengthening European capabilities in generic technologies. The paper broadly defines the meaning of generic technologies through features such as pervasiveness, on a cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary basis. Five major aspects are identified as critical to the problem of building these constituencies at intra- and inter-institutional levels: (i) creation, production and diffusion in sociotechnical constituencies; (ii) constituency-building and the nature and maturity of technology; (iii) intra- and inter-institutional constituency-building as processes of sociotechnical alignment; (iv) constituency-builders for the alignment processes of generic technology capabilities; (v) integrating micro/macro issues in sociotechnical constituencies.

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Authors: MOLINA A H, Edinburgh University (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: XII-378-94 EN (1994) 25 pp.
Availability: Available from the SAST Programme Office, European Commission, DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
Record Number: 199530022 / Last updated on: 1995-02-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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