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Developing and Diffusing New Technologies: Strategies for Legitimization
Hall, Jeremy , Vernon Bachor, and Stelvia Matos
56/3  (Spring 2014): 98-117

This article investigates legitimization processes and organizations' strategies for developing and diffusing new technologies. Drawing on cases in agricultural transgenic technology and genomics in forestry, the authors provide a framework to thelp maangers develop strategies for more efficient technology development and diffusion. Strategies that fail to consider legitimization processes, especailly in controversial social environments and/or varying isntituional settings, could result in costly delays or promising technology left sitting on the shelf. Technology developers need to identify key technological, commercial, organizational, and societal uncertainties during the early phases of the technology's development, allowing them to shape the technology for more efficient diffusion.

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