Critical coincidences: The journeys of sustainable niche-innovation projects

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Abstract

Niche-innovation projects play an essential role in the sustainable transition of the global society, but frameworks for managing sustainable niches do not resemble the actual dynamics at play in niche-innovation projects. By applying the Critical Incident Method, this paper explores the journeys of three niche-innovation projects from the Danish construction industry. The case studies find that the innovation journeys are highly influenced by a number of critical factors, of which some can be planned and managed, whereas others are coincidental and happen by chance. A stronger orientation towards the dynamics and activities in projects, so that management strategies can embrace and utilize the potentials of the critical coincidental factors, can contribute to a better understanding and potentially an acceleration of the sustainable transition process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference proceedings of IRNOP 2018
Number of pages16
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event14th IRNOP conference and IRNOP doctoral symposium - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 Dec 201812 Dec 2018
Conference number: 14
https://www.irnop2018.org/

Conference

Conference14th IRNOP conference and IRNOP doctoral symposium
Number14
LocationRMIT University
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period09/12/201812/12/2018
Internet address

Keywords

  • Innovation projects
  • Sustainability
  • Transition process
  • Niche management

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