Intermediary role dynamics in system-level transitions: a case from energy transition

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Systemic intermediaries are organizations that support socio-technical transition processes by bridging structural deficiencies in a transitioning domain. In doing so, intermediaries perform a number of transition-supportive roles. Previous research has identified what these roles are and how intermediaries perform them. However, while transitioning domains are by definition in a state of change, little is known about the dynamics in intermediation activities. That is, how intermediaries develop and adjust their transition-supportive roles, and what kind of organizational conditions enable an intermediary to be dynamic in its support to a transitioning domain. We explore these questions in an exploratory longitudinal case study (2011-2017) of the evolution of the transition service portfolio of a major systemic intermediary from the domain of sustainable energy. Four contributions to the literature on systemic intermediaries are made. First, we operationalize the concept of transition-supportive roles. Second, we explore on the micro-level how intermediaries design support services. Third, we articulate the mechanism by which systemic intermediaries can develop the transition-supportive roles they perform toward transition stakeholders. Fourth, we identify an organizational setup that enables an intermediary to be dynamic in its portfolio of transition services.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
Event79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201913 Aug 2019


Conference79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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  • Nominated for Best Paper Award

    Talmar, Madis (Recipient), Walrave, Bob (Recipient), Raven, Rob P.J.M. (Recipient) & Romme, A.G.L. (Sjoerd) (Recipient), Aug 2019

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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