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2d_The SCALINGS Approach2019-06-06T11:26:14+00:00

Local Social, Cultural and Institutional Differences Matter

SCALINGS starts from the idea, that local social, cultural and institutional differences are important for innovation.

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

Stage 1: Gap Analysis

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Stage 1: Gap Analysis

SCALINGS will work together with selected engineering partners, companies, and initiatives to collect data from and identify best practices or failures of existing co-creation projects.

SCALINGS explores 3 co-creation instruments  in 3 technological domains 
and studies how these instruments operate in 10 different European countries.

Stage 2: Testing Interventions

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Stage 2: Testing Interventions

Now, we flip the conventional notion of best practice transfer on its head: Instead of asking only once how well a co-creation instrument has been implemented (in retrospect), we examine systematically how different actors use the supposedly same co-creation instrument in their respective context and identify similarities and differences between them. A series of experimental interventions into the innovation process of selected partners, with the goal to systematically improve the innovation activities, will be at the core of this stage. From there, we gain insights on the scalability and transferability of co-creation practices.

Stage 3: Exploitation

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Stage 3: Exploitation

Here, we will monitor ongoing international policy developments, to create a EU policy roadmap. This is a strategic plan for future innovation activities including milestones and outcomes of our research, to set the basis for a more fruitful and efficient innovation environment in Europe.

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:

Objective:
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

Expected Outcome:
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.

Objective:
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”.

Expected Outcome:
SCALINGS expects to prototype and test enhanced co-creation practices that are specifically attuned to their situated context.

Objective:
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”.

Expected Outcome:
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 socio-cultural particularities.

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