Why co-creative 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?
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. It has become a desired key resource in the innovation process to achieve European competitiveness and more responsible innovation. Co-creation happens 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
- Develop a systematic, in-depth understanding on the socio-cultural variation of co-creation across multiple European countries
- Test hypotheses on socio-cultural variability of co-creation through coordinated cross-country experiments and develop mature frameworks for “situated co-creation” and “socially robust scaling
- Disseminate strategies for “situated co-creation” and “socially robust scaling” to aid the mainstreaming of co-creation and enable evidence-based “best practice transfer.”