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“Cooperating for innovation: devices for collective exploration”
The 1st Interdisciplinary Innovation conference organized by i3 has been held on 2 December 2013 in Paris. The theme of the conference iwas “Cooperating for innovation: devices for collective exploration”. The conference aimed to bring together scholars from different disciplines (economics, management and organization studies, sociology) in order to investigate the practices and devices that are put forward and tried out to equip collective exploration activities. Of particular interest were issues relating to property rights, design activities, atypical organizational forms and new business models, valuation tools.
Innovation activities face a threefold challenge today: they build on the advancement of science and include an increasingly strong technological component; they involve a growing number of actors, among whom large corporations, high-technology start-ups, public research organizations, and user association; they are to take into account various stakeholders’ concerns which extend beyond a mere economic or financial logic. In other words, innovation becomes – or at least attempts to become - increasingly disruptive, open, and responsible. The uncertainty inherent to innovation hence bears not only on the odds of success, but also on the nature of scientific knowledge to build and leverage, on the identity of partners to enroll, and on the evaluation criteria to rely on. Marked by this threefold uncertainty, innovation regimes pertain to the exploration of new possibilities, rather than theexploitation of things already known, as James March famously put it.
The conference investigated new forms of organizing collective action given the uncertainty inherent in exploratory innovation. This issue was addressed through the analysis of practices and devices that are put forward and tried out to equip collective exploration activities, such as:
- On the industry level: open source, patent pools, platforms, standards, cooperative R&D;
- On the inter-organizational level: public-private partnerships, user and stakeholder focus groups, business models and business plans, research-design collaborations, fablabs and other alternative design spaces;
- On the intra-organizational level: communication tools, new forms of design through prospective narratives and exploratory artifacts, enterprise social networking, alternative forms of governance, new product committees.
Charles Baden-Fuller (Cass Business School), "Business models: A challenging agenda"
Bill Gaver (Goldsmiths, University of London), “Polyphony in design”
Thematic parallel sessions
Sanchez-Criado, “Infrastructuring a user-led care economy? Figuring collaborative economic agencies through design practices”
Session 3: Managing exploration
Session 4: Collective exploration practices
Session 5: Framing collective exploration
Session 6: Design: Sharing concepts
Session 7: Organizing for collective exploration
- Liliana Doganova, CSI, Mines ParisTech
- Annie Gentès, Télécom ParisTech
- Sébastien Gand, CGS, Mines ParisTech
- Laurie Marrauld, Télécom ParisTech
- Luis Araujo, Lancaster University
- François-Xavier De Vaujany, Université Paris-Dauphine
- Maria Elmquist, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
- Valérie Fernandez, Télécom ParisTech
- Peter Karnoe, Center for Design, Innovation and Sustainable Transition, Aalborg University
- Christian Licoppe, Télécom ParisTech
- Alexandre Mallard, CSI, Mines ParisTech
- Yann Ménière, CERNA, Mines ParisTech
- Stefan Meisiek, Copenhagen Business School
- Ashveen Peerbaye, LATTS, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
- Sophie Pène, ENSCI
- Julien Pénin, BETA
- Cristina Rossi Lamastra, Politecnico di Milano
- Benoît Weil, CGS, Mines ParisTech