Activity Sets in Multi-Organizational Ecologies: A Project-Level Perspective on Sustainable Energy Innovations

Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2015), Volume 90, pp. 444-455

43 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2014 Last revised: 9 Dec 2014

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Kristina Manser

HAN University of Applied Sciences

Bas Hillebrand

Radboud University Nijmegen - Institute for Management Research

Paul H. Driessen

Radboud University Nijmegen - Institute for Management Research

Gerrit Willem Ziggers

Radboud University Nijmegen

Josée Bloemer

Radboud University Nijmegen - Institute for Management Research

Date Written: April 1, 2014

Abstract

Complex innovations involve multi-organizational ecologies consisting of a myriad of different actors. This study investigates how innovation activities can be interpreted in the context of multi-organizational ecologies. Taking a project-level perspective, this study proposes a typology of four activity sets that are relevant in this context: strategic predevelopment, engineering, commercialization, and project management. The authors use archival and survey data on government-funded sustainable energy projects in the Netherlands to study the validity and relevance of the typology and show that the typology has discriminant and convergent validity. Results on the prevalence of the activity sets show that all four activity sets occur in sustainable energy projects, but to differing degrees. Furthermore, the typology is relevant because it helps to explain differences in innovation performance for complex innovations. Two activity sets – strategic predevelopment activities and commercialization activities – have significant and positive effects on innovation performance, whereas the two other activity sets – engineering and project management – do not. The data show that for sustainable energy projects, commercialization activities are often insufficient, but important to reach high innovation performance.

Keywords: Complex innovations, Multi-organizational ecologies, Innovation activities, Innovation systems, Sustainable energy innovations

JEL Classification: O32, Q49, M10

Suggested Citation

Manser, Kristina and Hillebrand, Bas and Driessen, Paul H. and Ziggers, Gerrit Willem and Bloemer, Josée, Activity Sets in Multi-Organizational Ecologies: A Project-Level Perspective on Sustainable Energy Innovations (April 1, 2014). Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2015), Volume 90, pp. 444-455, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2427617

Kristina Manser

HAN University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Berg en Dalseweg 81
Nijmegen, 6500
Netherlands

Bas Hillebrand

Radboud University Nijmegen - Institute for Management Research ( email )

PO Box 9108
Nijmegen, 6500 HK
Netherlands

Paul H. Driessen (Contact Author)

Radboud University Nijmegen - Institute for Management Research ( email )

PO Box 9108
Nijmegen, 6500 HK
Netherlands

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Gerrit Willem Ziggers

Radboud University Nijmegen ( email )

Postbus 9108
Nijmegen, 6500 HK
Netherlands

Josée Bloemer

Radboud University Nijmegen - Institute for Management Research ( email )

PO Box 9108
Nijmegen, 6500 HK
Netherlands

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