Local Social, Cultural and Institutional Differences Matter
Everyday questions in an innovation process depend on its context
When a diversity of stakeholders innovate together, questions pop up, that are dependent on the place, region, country, sector, etc. in which they are posed. For example:
- How is the innovation process organised?
- Do specific agencies have to be involved for the technical approval process?
- What regulations do we have to adhere to?
- Which product design is acceptable for the producers and potential users?
Co-creation practices & best practice transfer
When engineers, doctors, patients and their relatives co-develop a healthcare robot for a hospital in Munich, it might be optimally suited for this environment. However, it is uncertain whether the robot will fit the social, cultural, economic or organizational context of another hospital, city, region or country.
Nevertheless, companies count on scaling up to wider markets, which is why stakeholders around Europe are eager to learn from successful co-creation practices elsewhere.
SCALINGS consists of three different project stages
The Main Research Questions of SCALINGS
Under which circumstances are co-creation processes and outcomes socially robust and effective, also when transferred to other socio-cultural contexts. SCALINGS has three main objectives to find that out:
SCALINGS seeks to develop a systematic and in-depth understanding of the socio-cultural variation of co-creation across 10 European countries in 3 research areas
SCALINGS expects to find evidence for how and why seemingly the “same” co-creation instruments lead to vastly different practices and outcomes as they align with specific local socio- cultural conditions, rationales, visions, and identities.
SCALINGS tests hypotheses on socio cultural variability of co-creation instruments by using coordinated experiments (“interviews”). Based on this evidence, SCALINGS seeks to develop mature frameworks for “situated co-creation” and “socially robust scaling”.
SCALINGS expects to prototype and test enhanced co-creation practices that are specifically attuned to their situated context.
SCALINGS seeks to disseminates strategies for “situated co-creation” and “socially robust scaling” to aid the mainstreaming of co-creation. Furthermore, SCALINGS seeks to enable an evidence-based “best- practice transfer”.
SCALINGS seeks to make finding available to a wide array of stakeholders, including policymakers, scientists, students, firms, civil society, future co-creation consortia, and other practitioners. Furthermore, SCALINGS seeks to enable these stakeholders to develop an evidence-based agenda to mainstream co-creation and learn from international best practices while acknowledging sociocultural particularities.