Innovation process and uncertainties in resource-constrained environments : A case from the water service sector in East Africa

dc.contributorAalto-yliopistofi
dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorHyvärinen, Anne M.J.
dc.contributor.authorKeskinen, Marko
dc.contributor.authorLevänen, Jarkko
dc.contributor.departmentWater and Environmental Eng.
dc.contributor.departmentLUT University
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Built Environmenten
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-18T06:46:18Z
dc.date.available2020-09-18T06:46:18Z
dc.date.issued2020-12
dc.description.abstractInnovation processes face significant and not well-understood uncertainties in resource-constrained environments in developing countries. Through a case study of a water innovation process focused on Kenya, this article studies the prevailing uncertainties and management principles. With the help of a framework that combines information on technological, organizational, commercial and social aspects, our study identifies uncertainties in four distinctive stages of resource-constrained innovation: (1) Ideation and conceptualization, (2) Learning-based product and business development, (3) Scrutinized product and business development and (4) Commercialization. We recognize three principles required to manage uncertainties and develop successful resource-constrained innovations: (1) the utilization of versatile research and development approaches, (2) building internal acceptability, trust and legitimacy and (3) leveraging range of partnerships and networks to access complementary resources and capabilities in different process stages. Our findings suggest that management of uncertainties requires proactive utilization of partner networks and context-specific strategies in different stages. With this research, we contribute to the understanding of innovation processes by advancing process-based knowledge of water innovation, uncertainties and related management strategies in resource-constrained environments.en
dc.description.versionPeer revieweden
dc.format.extent11
dc.format.extent242-252
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.citationHyvärinen , A M J , Keskinen , M & Levänen , J 2020 , ' Innovation process and uncertainties in resource-constrained environments : A case from the water service sector in East Africa ' , Environmental Science and Policy , vol. 114 , pp. 242-252 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.07.007en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.envsci.2020.07.007
dc.identifier.issn1462-9011
dc.identifier.issn1873-6416
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dc.identifier.urihttps://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/46502
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:aalto-202009185438
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEnvironmental Science and Policyen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 114en
dc.rightsopenAccessen
dc.subject.keywordDeveloping markets
dc.subject.keywordInnovation process
dc.subject.keywordInnovation uncertainties
dc.subject.keywordResource-constrained innovation
dc.subject.keywordWater innovation
dc.subject.keywordWater services
dc.titleInnovation process and uncertainties in resource-constrained environments : A case from the water service sector in East Africaen
dc.typeA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessäfi
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