Collaboration for unpredictable goals is a challenge. Successful collaboration of different actors, as corporations, governmental agencies and non-profit organisations, too. Radical and successful innovation processes, however, can start from here. How is it possible to turn collaboration under uncertainty into sustainable innovation processes ? The SCE research project "Innovation Networks in Disaster Management" explores the topic. First results are now published in “Technological Foresight & Social Change (TFS)".
During four years, the SCE conducted the research project "Innovation Networks in Disaster Management" supported by the Hella-Langer-Stiftung and the European NITIM network (Network on Information Technology and Innovation Management). Christina Weber, under supervision of Professor Dr. Klaus Sailer (CEO of Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship) and Professor Dr. Bernhard Katzy † (Leiden University and University BW Munich, CeTIM) now published its results in the high ranking journal "Technological Forecasting & Social Change".
The research project investigates how sustainable innovation processes unfold in mass collaboration after disruptive events. The answer is the emergence of innovation networks that follow distinct dynamic collaboration patterns. In successful cases of global - local relief after Tsunami 2004 in South-India five such collaboration patterns are identified. The concept of real time foresight means to institutionalize ways to perform these patterns. This new foresight is a switch from planning to preparedness, and it leads to preparedness for ad hoc network emergence with heterogeneous partners. After presentation of the new foresight approach at ifa (International Foresight Academy) at ZHAW Winterthur it was invited for publication in TFS.
"The successful publication confirmes our research interest in dynamic innovation networks and incites us to advance the methods. Real time evaluation of innovation processes is very difficult. Many stakeholders in fact look for real time feedback and measurement tools. What we describe here is a novel network approach." so Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer. To refine the collaboration patterns approach and to test measuring tools to evaluate high performing start-ups, innovation teams and recovery networks in the making are next steps for SCE research.
SCE research aims at conceptual academic contributions that advance innovation management and have applicable results. Recent focus is on responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship, dynamic innovation processes and co-creation in fields of crises management and future of work.
Access TFS article (free reading up to 23rd of January) Real time foresight