Organisational learning, strategic rigidity and technology adoption: Implications for electric utilities and renewable energy firms

Nisar, Arsalan and Ruiz López, Felipe and Palacios Fernández, Miguel (2013). Organisational learning, strategic rigidity and technology adoption: Implications for electric utilities and renewable energy firms. "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews", v. 22 ; pp. 438-445. ISSN 1364-0321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2013.01.039.

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Title: Organisational learning, strategic rigidity and technology adoption: Implications for electric utilities and renewable energy firms
Author/s:
  • Nisar, Arsalan
  • Ruiz López, Felipe
  • Palacios Fernández, Miguel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Date: June 2013
ISSN: 1364-0321
Volume: 22
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Electric utilities; Renewable energy technologies; Technology adoption; Firm performance; Core capabilities
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

This paper examines the implications of strategic rigidness for technology adoption behaviours among electric utilities. Such behaviours lead to heterogeneity in firm performance and consequently affect the electric utility industry. The paper's central aim is to identify and describe the implications of strategic rigidness for a utility firm's decision making in adopting newer renewable energy technologies. The findings indicate that not all utility firms are keen to adopt these new technologies, as these firms have traditionally been operating efficiently with a more conventional and mature technological arrangement that has become embedded in the organisational routine. Case studies of Iberdrola S.A. and Enel S.p.A. as major electric utilities are detailed to document mergers and acquisitions and technology adoption decisions. The results indicate that technology adoption behaviours vary widely across utility firms with different organisational learning processes and core capabilities.

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Item ID: 16151
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/16151/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:16151
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2013.01.039
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364032113000701
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Industriales
Deposited on: 03 Jul 2013 07:06
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 15:34
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