Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Granqvist, Nina
Organisation Aalto-universitetet
Projektets titel From margins to mainstream – The emergence of quantum computing as a field of science and business
Beslutnr 323119
Beslutsdatum 24.05.2019
Finansierings period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Finansiering 480 000
Beskrivning av projektet
This research project examines the emergence of quantum computing as a field and market from an organization theory perspective. Understanding how novel technologies and trends move from margins to mainstream is a fundamental question in the social sciences in general. Based on the real-time study, and drawing on two novel perspectives – narratives and temporality – we seek to provide new understanding on this conundrum. First, we establish that meanings around emerging technologies are formed and disseminated through language, and most effectively in a narrative form. Second, we explore the processes of temporal legitimation. Future expectations are a major source of legitimacy; and the synchronized understandings among the key communities about the right timing for involvement centrally impact the transition from labs to markets. We identify several research issues, and address them through a major new qualitative dataset on the real-time emergence of quantum computing.