Towards an innovative process of networked development for a new urban area: Four theoretical approaches

Erja Väyrynen

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Abstract

This thesis analyses the development of a new urban area as a networked process that starts from the vision and goals for the area, includes the phases of urban planning, building design and construction, and ends up with the maintenance and use of the area. The point of departure is the practical problem observed in this process: Innovative ideas often do not reach implementation. Three root causes are suggested for the practical problem. Following an abductive reasoning logic, this thesis aims to define the critical characteristics of an innovative process of networked development for a new urban area, able to mediate knowledge and new ideas through the process, and to override the deficiencies identified in the conventional urban development process. Urban development is explained and analysed in an interdisciplinary way, through the lenses of four theoretical approaches originating from the management sciences: process management, network management, innovation management, and service development. The development processes of four Finnish urban areas are selected as case studies: Suurpelto, Viikki, Nupurinkartano, and Vuores. In the qualitative analyses of the case data, 23 innovative features are identified, introducing new methods, practices, actors, networks, or subprocesses, as compared to the conventional urban development process. The explanatory power of each theoretical approach with regard to the innovative features is evaluated, producing the first research result: 18 propositions for a coherent and innovative process of urban development. The innovative features and the theoretical approaches are further clustered with reference to the three root causes, generating the second result: five hypotheses to eliminate the root causes. From the hypotheses, five process design principles are synthesised for a model of an innovative process of networked development for a new urban area, aimed to solve the practical problem. These principles form the third result of the thesis. The new practical process design principles are the following: 1) The process is committed to common goals throughout the network, 2) Ideas are systematically processed and developed through inter-organisational learning, 3) The coherence of the process is secured, 4) Collaboration within the network is encouraged, and 5) The network is committed to long-term quality in the realisation of its goals. In addition, practical guidelines for the application of the model are presented, based on the data collected in the case studies.
Translated title of the contributionTowards an innovative process of networked development for a new urban area :four theoretical approaches
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Smeds, Riitta, Supervising Professor
  • Lapintie, Kimmo, Supervising Professor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-3185-9
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-3186-6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeG4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)

Keywords

  • urban development
  • urban planning
  • networked process
  • innovative process
  • qualitative case study
  • interdisciplinary research
  • abductive reasoning

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