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Using Case Data To Calibrate Simulation Models: An Innovation Network For Thin-Film Solar Technology

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Executive Summary

Simulation can offer insight that helps researchers understand innovation networks. However, a challenge for researchers using simulation is the calibration of these models. Calibration uses real world data to establish the capacity of the model to simulate the outcomes of real world examples. This paper illustrates how "Qualitative" case data can be used to extract information that can be used to calibrate a model of an innovation network. The paper draws on data from a range of publically available sources; including case summaries, press releases, journal articles, reports and popular media to explore the development of a thin-film solar technology in Australia (and globally).

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