—This paper clarifies processes for promoting
information sharing about results of socio-technical systems
demonstration test which is conducted by firms who have
different interest. By examining a smart grid system
demonstration test in Kansai Science and Yokohama Cities in
Japan, this paper has two major findings.
First, information sharing among firms on demonstration
tests as a whole project has been promoted by the Project
Promotion Council of the demonstration test which is
coordinated by the regional government of the demonstration
Second, in addition to the endeavor of firms who participated
in demonstration test, the regional government of the
demonstration test area works as a coordinator to promote
information sharing between firms who participated in
demonstration test and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and
Industry (METI) of Japan who subsidize two-thirds of the
demonstration test budget.
What became evident through this case study is for
promoting information sharing among firms who have different
interest should be consider establishing the information sharing
organizational system and putting the regional government of
the demonstration area as a coordinator on demonstration
—Information sharing among firms, smart grid
system, socio-technical system, role of the regional government
of the demonstration test area.
Youngjae Koh is with the Konan University, Hirao School of
Management, Nishinomiya, Japan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Youngjae Koh, "Information Sharing in Socio-Technical System Demonstration Tests: Using Smart Grid System Demonstration Tests in Japan," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 197-201, 2014.