This paper seeks to advance the discussions involving the articulation between the theory of Sociotechnical Transitions and Practice Theory. The text tries to develop this articulation considering that it is possible to find in the literature notes that the Theory of Sociotechnical Transitions is a suitable partner to be articulated with the Theory of Practice. The proposition was tested in empirical research in which we sought to understand how consumption practices change from adopting photovoltaic energy consumption. The research is categorized as qualitative research. The study offers an interpretation of the object from the theoretical lens provided by Social Practice Theory and Sociotechnical Transitions, also known as Multilevel Perspective or “MLP.” In total, 24 interviews were executed, 7 with integrators, 7 with quasi-prosumers, and 10 with prosumers. To analyze the data, content analysis was used. The study's findings demonstrate that sociotechnical systems are reconfigured from the introduction of a new practice to accommodate this newly incorporated practice. Additionally, some of the pre-existing methods are modified during this accommodation process. It is also possible to conclude that the sociotechnical dimensions can be helpful in studies of phenomena that involve the transition of habits, routines, behavior patterns, and practices, as they provide a model of assumptions for sociotechnical change.


consumption, theory of practice, sociotechnical transitions, multilevel perspective, photovoltaic energy

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Rafael Lopes Carvalhais earned a Master in Management at Postgraduate Program in Management at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Please direct correspondence to rafaellocar@yahoo.com.br.

Marcelo de Rezende Pinto earned a Ph.D. in Management at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and is Professor at the Postgraduate Program in Management at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Please direct correspondence to marcrez@hotmail.com.

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