Designing and being designed: Organizing complex collaborative innovation in a societal challenge

Marcel Bogers, Susanne Ollila, Anna Yström

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Abstract

Societal challenges are inherently complex societal problems that cannot be solved using traditional innovation management approaches. Instead, collaborative governance is needed to enable the inter-organizational arrangements that are required to address a societal challenge. In this study we explore, applying a design perspective, which governance practices are used and how they are used to foster the necessary collaborations in the context of such complex innovation. Our case study of the societal challenge related to the Swedish traffic safety environment reveals two linked design processes in which the governance practices are used for continuous re-framing and re-designing of the collaboration as well as the societal challenge. We propose a model for collaborative governance in the context of a complex innovation that highlights path-creating, identity creating and meaning making as central practices that shape the dynamic governance process. On this basis, we discuss the implications for managing a societal challenge, and we emphasize a design-based approach for organizing complex collaborative behavior in a societal challenge, also acknowledging a societal challenge as a wicked problem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages7-12
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016 - Mary Ann Glynn, Boston College, Anaheim, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20169 Aug 2016
Conference number: 76
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Conference

Conference76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016
Abbreviated titleAOM
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period5/08/169/08/16
OtherMaking Organizations Meaningful
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