Stimulating learning and innovation in networks for regional sustainable development: the role of local authorities
2007 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 15, no 17, 1730-1741 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Inter-organizational collaboration in networks and partnerships is supposed to promote the potential for learning and innovation needed for environmental transformation and sustainable development. This paper aims at exploring the roles of local authorities (LAs) in actor-networks related to regional sustainable development, and examining their potential in stimulating learning and innovation related to sustainable development. From empirical case studies it is suggested that LAs can act as 'teachers' or 'tutors' in the networks. From further analysis, drawing also from literature on partnerships, innovation management, socio-technical change, and educational science, it is proposed that in the short run both the 'teacher' and 'tutor' approach would promote incremental innovation rather than the radical system innovations needed for sustainable development. However, there is potential for stimulating more long-term, radical change if the LA takes on the role of a 'teacher'. This approach may favour close collaboration in long-lived, multi-actor networks with potential to (i) serve as forum for continuous dialogue on sustainable development at a community level, (ii) stimulate experimentation and learning needed for system innovations, and (iii) provide a basis for strategic niche management for development and testing of new technologies. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 15, no 17, 1730-1741 p.
Environmental management, Innovation, Innovation diffusion, Local authorities, Public-private partnership, Small and medium sized enterprises, Sustainable development
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-49111DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2006.08.014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-49111DiVA: diva2:270007