T890: Technology shaping and technology policy

Unit 2: Technology shaping and technology policy

This unit will introduce technology shaping and technology policy and related concepts. The shaping approach reframes our understanding of how technology innovation is produced today. Thus, technologies are not just out there, waiting to be discovered like a pebble on a beach, but are more complex. We will consider the dynamic relationship between technology shaping, technological innovation and technology policy. Emerging from this discussion will be a growing awareness that technology policy is now not only what governments do, but is an arena with many actors, both public and private, acting to influence the development of science and technology. Thus, we move from understanding technology policy as simple linear models to more complex systems as demonstrated in Rothwell’s reading in unit 1. The institutional and organisational arrangements that facilitate and nurture this will be discussed in unit 3.

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