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The Importance of Innovation

Innovation is a key factor for economic competitiveness in the global economy. It is based on new combinations of technology and knowledge and allows for significantly improved products, goods & services. When innovation is shaped by many diverse stakeholders along the innovation chain, it can be called a co-creation process. But under which conditions is an innovation process successful? And which factors can inhibit innovation?

All about Co-creation

The Meaning of Co-creation
Co-creation is an umbrella term for when different actors along the innovation chain come together in a joint activity to achieve an outcome they all benefit from.

The Importance of Co-creation
Co-creation has become a desired key resource in the innovation process to achieve European competitiveness and more responsible innovation. Actors, who are capable to work together with others fruitfully, are assumed to be successful. And this can happen on various levels: Within a company, when employees with different disciplinary backgrounds work together, in sectors and production branches, or between businesses, policy makers, academia and the public.

Yet, it is not fully explored what makes co-creation successful, i.e. why some processes work and others fail and how they are shaped by the local social, political, economic, and organizational context they are embedded into. SCALINGS will examine a diverse set of existing co-creation activities to draw nearer to these questions.

SCALINGS will examine three different Co-creation instruments

SCALINGS will examine three different Co-creation instruments

Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI)

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Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI)

When the public sector uses its purchasing power to push innovations forward, it is referred to as PPI. At first, a government would define a public challenge and then select appropriate solution providers, thus steering innovation towards a particular public benefit.

Co-creation Facilities (CCF)

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Co-creation Facilities (CCF)

CCFs are open, physical or virtual infrastructures for collective innovation efforts. They can provide lab space, expertise, equipment for staff as well as external clients, or act as platforms for ‘triple helix’ type interactions between academia, companies and policy makers.

Living Labs (LL)

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Living Labs (LL)

LLs are sites of collective invention, testing, and demonstration of future technologies under real-world conditions. They also provide an experimental space for new forms of collaboration in the innovation process.

The Aims of SCALINGS

Local effects on single co-creation instruments are not well understood, yet.
In particular, no systematic knowledge exists on the sociocultural variabilities of co-creation processes and outcomes.

SCALINGS will overcome this lack of knowledge by…

Co-creation processes have to be mainstreamed as local effects on single co-creations instruments are not well understood, yet.

By mainstreaming co-creation processes a more systematic knowledge will be gained on the sociocultural variability of co-creation processes, for example how they depend on social, political, economic and organizational contexts.

SCALINGS aims to develop two analytical frameworks to better understand co-creation processes and bring them into the focus of science:

Situated Co-creation accounts for differences in social-political contexts. It draws on the insight, that analytic perspectives and processes of innovation are always culturally “situated”.

Socially Robust Scaling is a  framework which replaces the paradigm of mere scientific validity in the lab. Therefore, SCALINGS hypothesis will also be tested in the “real world”.

The SCALINGS Consortium
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The SCALINGS Consortium
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