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Research recommends 'strategic' selection of stakeholders

This CIALCA paper analyses multilevel stakeholder engagement in fulfilling seven key innovation system functions. The findings provide an incentive to think function-oriented about compositional dynamics in innovation processes, rather than striving for equal stakeholder participation.
04/20/2017

Innovation platforms (IPs) form a popular vehicle in agricultural research for development (AR4D)

to facilitate stakeholder interaction, agenda setting, and collective action toward sustainable agricultural

development. In this article, we analyze multilevel stakeholder engagement in fulfilling

seven key innovation system functions. Data are gathered from experiences with interlinked community

and (sub)national IPs established under a global AR4D program aimed at stimulating sustainable

agricultural development in Central Africa. Our findings show that all innovation systems

functions required multilevel action, but that fulfillment of specific functions demands for strategic

involvement of specific stakeholders at specific levels. We observed that a research- and

dissemination-oriented sequence in the functions was prioritized in AR4D IPs and argue that such a

sequence may be different in other types of (business) IPs. Our findings provide an incentive to

think function oriented about compositional dynamics (stakeholder groups * levels) in innovation

processes, rather than striving for equal stakeholder participation.

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