Technological paradigms and complex technical systems-The case of Smart Homes

Alexander Peine*

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This paper explores the concept of technological paradigms in the context of complex technical systems. It presents a review of Thomas Kuhn's notion of scientific paradigms and their early adoption as technological paradigms. This review reveals that an important feature of scientific paradigms has not been fully utilized in the analysis of technological change—the distinction between a paradigm as an exemplar and as a shared group commitment. Using the case of Smart Homes, I advocate that this distinction is critical in understanding the dynamics of open technical systems where multiple industries jointly shape innovation. I discuss the implications with regard to both the concept of technological paradigms and innovation of complex technical systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-529
Number of pages22
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex technical systems
  • Epistemic styles
  • Smart Homes
  • Technological paradigms


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