DIMENSIONS OF PROXIMITY IN STAKEHOLDER CHOICE REFLECTED IN THE CREATION OF KNOWLEDGE-BASED INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM PARTNERSHIPS

Vikki Eriksson*, Teo Keipi, Tua Björklund

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Abstract

In order to better understand the stakeholder choices of knowledge-based organisational actors, this study focuses on a novel application of Huber's (2012) dimensions of proximity salience, namely spatial proximity, social proximity and cognitive proximity. The population of the study is made up of knowledge-based organisational actors involved in developing an innovation ecosystem, in terms of stakeholder network creation. The extent to which the three proximity dimensions of stakeholder salience is evident in the stakeholder choices of these innovation-focused actors seeking knowledge-based collaborators is explored. Our findings show how various forms of proximity prompt the decision of who to work with among a diverse population of experts involved in building a cross-national innovation ecosystem. The various explanations that motivate stakeholder choice matched Huber's proximity dimensions. The findings provide new insight into stakeholder choice among knowledge-based organisations, and highlight a new proximity dimension indirectly linked to cognition proximity. Termed the potential proximity dimension, it involves attraction to stakeholders that represent strategic value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1505-1514
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Design Society
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 24 Jul 202328 Jul 2023
Conference number: 24

Keywords

  • Case study
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge-based
  • Stakeholders
  • Teamwork

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