Supplying mankind with clean and reliable energy is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Energy is the lifeblood of modern societies. Yet, the current technological dominance of fossil fuel combustion causes major disruptions of natural ecosystems, such as anthropogenic climate change, resource depletion, ocean acidification and local air pollution.
Mitigating these threats will require dramatic organizational, technological and institutional change to steer economic development onto a low-carbon pathway.
Recognizing that the supply, distribution and use of energy plays a key role for the de-carbonization of society, our research aims to understand the drivers, dynamics and consequences of organizational, technological and institutional change in the energy sector. Specifically, we conduct detailed studies within and across three core dimensions: firms, institutions, and technologies. This allows us to improve the understanding of factors that fuel or hamper the transition toward a low-carbon society.
Our studies are driven by a strong interest in empirical phenomena and a detailed understanding of technologies, e.g., solar photovoltaic, wind, energy storage, smart grid and energy efficiency. Building upon an in-depth understanding of the research context, we seek to advance and test extant theories and derive implications for corporate managers and policy makers.
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