DIMENSIONS OF PROXIMITY IN STAKEHOLDER CHOICE REFLECTED IN THE CREATION OF KNOWLEDGE-BASED INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM PARTNERSHIPS
Proceedings of the Design Society, Volume 3
AbstractIn order to better understand the stakeholder choices of knowledge-based organisational actors, this study focuses on a novel application of Huber's (2012) dimensions of proximity salience, namely spatial proximity, social proximity and cognitive proximity. The population of the study is made up of knowledge-based organisational actors involved in developing an innovation ecosystem, in terms of stakeholder network creation. The extent to which the three proximity dimensions of stakeholder salience is evident in the stakeholder choices of these innovation-focused actors seeking knowledge-based collaborators is explored. Our findings show how various forms of proximity prompt the decision of who to work with among a diverse population of experts involved in building a cross-national innovation ecosystem. The various explanations that motivate stakeholder choice matched Huber's proximity dimensions. The findings provide new insight into stakeholder choice among knowledge-based organisations, and highlight a new proximity dimension indirectly linked to cognition proximity. Termed the potential proximity dimension, it involves attraction to stakeholders that represent strategic value.
| openaire: EC/H2020/101004462/EU//ATTRACT2 Funding Information: An invitation to participate in the study was extended to all project coordinators. Participation was voluntary and from the 18 funded projects, 13 coordinators accepted the invitation2. The project sample of 13 consortia represented a range of consortia sizes, from two to nine organisations per consortia. Figure 1 details the number and types of organisations included in these consortia. The diverse organisation types represent the need for a range of skills, knowledge, and ability in order to develop the breakthrough technologies and their applications. Diverse organisation consortia allow all member organisations to contribute in line with their speciality to the joint innovation endeavour. To ensure anonymity of both the project coordinators and the projects, project pseudonyms were allocated based on the Greek alphabet.3 Funding Information: This project has received funding from the European Union s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101004462. The authors would like to thank the entire Aalto Design Factory research team as well as the ATTRACT interviewees. Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press.
Case study, Innovation, Knowledge-based, Stakeholders, Teamwork
Eriksson , V , Keipi , T & Björklund , T 2023 , ' DIMENSIONS OF PROXIMITY IN STAKEHOLDER CHOICE REFLECTED IN THE CREATION OF KNOWLEDGE-BASED INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM PARTNERSHIPS ' , Proceedings of the Design Society , vol. 3 , pp. 1505-1514 . https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.151