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Innovations in domotics: fulfilling potential or hampered by prevailing technological regime?

Emilia L.C. van Egmond‐de Wilde de Ligny (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Masi Mohammadi (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 11 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the meaning, as well as the drivers, of innovation in theory and practice for gaining insight into the reasons why the diffusion of innovative technologies fails; even though they promise a superior performance compared to incumbent technologies. The paper describes an explorative study of the diffusion of domotics technologies in residential construction.

Design/methodology/approach

Innovation systems theory, which points to the “technological regime” in the actor network as a key element in the diffusion, acceptance, and application of new technologies was used to analyse the diffusion of domotics technologies in residential construction.

Findings

The results underscored the expected “bottlenecks” in the technological regime of the innovation system that curtailed the diffusion of domotics technologies in construction.

Originality/value

The novelty of the paper is in the approach of the research and the collected data on the technological regime amongst the stakeholders. These stakeholders were principally involved in development and implementation of the domotics technologies in residential construction; these observations provided useful insights into the diffusion of domotics technologies.

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Citation

van Egmond‐de Wilde de Ligny, E.L.C. and Mohammadi, M. (2011), "Innovations in domotics: fulfilling potential or hampered by prevailing technological regime?", Construction Innovation, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 470-492. https://doi.org/10.1108/14714171111175927

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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