Editorial Policy Content"Science, Technology & Innovation Studies" is a reviewed bi-annual online journal that publishes analytical, theoretical and methodological studies
- on the creation and use of scientific knowledge and its relation to society,
- on the development of technology and its social impact and control,
- on innovation in industry and in the public sector.
The articles are published in English. Anonymous double blind peer review is to assure high quality of all articles in this online journal. Submissions are reviewed by two external peers.
Each issue of the journal contains three to four articles of no more than 20 pages, which can be downloaded free of charge as PDF files.
Special IssuesAdditionally to the two regular numbers of the journal, "Science, Technology & Innovation Studies" plans to publish one special issue per year with a specific thematic focus. This special issue will be published under the responsibility of a guest editor, who is also responsible for the organisation of the peer review process. Proposals are welcome.
Financial markets are complex: Factors that affect their development and the associations between these factors are not clearly assignable. Nevertheless, every day thousands of investors face the task of mastering the complexity of the markets. How do they solve this problem in their daily practice? This paper discusses this question by investigating a special area of the capital markets, namely, portfolio management. Two possible methods of handling the complexity of financial markets are pr...
Innovation theory has pointed to the complex, non-linear character of innovation processes. Heterogeneous networks of actors including a mixed spectrum of many and diverse academic, economic, and governmental agencies combine to achieve innovations. Is there any role for innovation policy beyond influencing framework conditions in such a situation? The article analyzes the case of a successful innovation in the energy sector: photovoltaics. It argues that - given the special characteristics o...
This article deals with decision-making processes about new development aims in Free/Open Source software (FOSS) projects. It focuses on the question how community driven projects manage to not only make decisions but also implement them successfully. Following the approach of Nils Brunsson, the requirements of (rational) decision-making and action are somewhat antagonistic: On the one hand, rationality of decision-making implies extensive evaluation of alternatives and arguments that can lea...
The aim of this article is twofold: First, I would like to theoretically contribute to Science and Technology Studies, and to Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, respectively, by introducing a hegemony- and discourse-theoretical inspired political economy as an interdisciplinary approach. And second, I shall present some tentative empirical analyses of the policy field of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is widely perceived as the key technology of the 21st century. As a result, it is b...
Why does air traffic control still rely on paper control strips? Is paper safer? This question has been dealt with before, and responses have pointed out that "paper has helped to shape work practices, and work practices have been designed around the use of paper" (Harper & Sellen 1995: 2). The present contribution tries to further specify these claims. At first, the use of paper as a medium of representation in the course of dealing with critical situations will be discussed. Drawing on ethn...
This paper investigates the phenomena of 'crowdsourcing', or the outsourcing of tasks to the general internet public. This phenomenon was made possible by technological innovations associated with 'Web 2.0' but is evidence of historically significant change in the relations between firms and their customers. We are witnessing the emergence of a new consumer type: the "working consumer". In the conventional role, consumers were passive 'kings' to be waited upon. Consumers now are becoming more...
- Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer
University of Duisburg-Essen
- Raymund Werle
Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
- Johannes Weyer
Editorial Advisory Board
- Arno Bammé
Interuniversity Institute, Klagenfurt
- Armin Grunwald
Research Centre Karlsruhe
- Dorothea Jansen
University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer
- Regine Kollek
University of Hamburg
- Werner Rammert
- Volker Schneider
University of Konstanz
- Peter Weingart
University of Bielefeld
Editorial Staff (at TU Dortmund)Jens Kroniger
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