Collective action in cross-sectoral innovations

Cross-sector innovations are common in the biobased economy: industrial and agro clustering, new links between industry, agriculture and urban areas etc. These innovations are seldom implemented from the drawing table.


They arise in a situation where opportunities present themselves. Because universities often use a designing approach, a good connection to current innovation processes lacks. This project aims to understand the dynamics of these new collaborations, to develop and test innovation and intervention strategies and tools in practical cases. It focuses on decision-making, organizational development, risk management, the role of intermediaries and the involvement / interventions of research institutions.

The project involves integration of knowledge from multiple disciplines (business administration, public administration, sociology, technology) and connects to several research topics. This integration is scientifically innovative. The quality is guaranteed by cooperation with TU Delft and Wageningen University.


  • 2012: research report Analysis Framework and case study; scientific article about the concept analysis framework.
  • 2013 and 2014: Scientific articles (if possible in conjunction with a conference contribution).
  • Research reports: Part 1 and 2 Develop cross-sector innovations and Dynamics Part 3-6 Intervention strategies and tools.
  • Expertise Development: contribution to researchers at Wageningen UR and TU Delft involved in cross-sector innovations.

Timeline approach

  • Draft of analysis framework (month 1-6). Four lines:
    Organizational, business models and risk management
    Communication systems and intermediaries
    Roles and interventions research institutions
  • Selecting and analyzing existing cases (month 7-15)
  • Development of intervention strategies and intervention tools (month 15-18)
  • Testing in current innovation processes (month 18-32)
  • Evaluation and communication (month 24-36).