I jakt på tillämpning: Om F.O.V. Fabrics möjligheter att understödja kommersialiseringen av algbatteriforskning
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The purpose of this essay is to explore the actor network of a high technology company in the textile industry called F.O.V. Fabrics. The background for doing this is a recent project, which we choose to call the Salt & Paper Battery Group, aiming to commercialize a newly discovered technology – a battery based on cellulose from an alga. We start by examining a range of network theories in order to eventually shape a framework of our own. This framework focuses on the environment defined by actor bonds to three groupings, namely business actors, academic actors and political actors. Two factors appear to be essential in these networks, the creation of an identity and in-depth relations to other actors. Thirteen qualitative interviews were conducted of which the empirical input is based upon. It seems that F.O.V. Fabrics communicates a rather homogenous image to its first hand bonds, which emphasizes the innovativeness, the flexibility and technical knowledge the company possesses. F.O.V. Fabrics’ relations are key priorities and by building long terms relations the company manages to establish a large amount of trust in the actor bonds. The essay concludes by stating that F.O.V. Fabrics, based on the discoveries of this study, is likely to be a valuable player in the Salt & Paper Battery Group.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 48 p.
Network, Actor, Bonds, ARA, Commercialization, University, Industry
Nätverk, Aktörsbindning, ARA, Forskningskommersialisering, Akademi
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155791OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155791DiVA: diva2:428264
Systems in Technology and Society Programme
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Bengtson, Anna, Universitetslektor, docent