Sam Beechener (SRUC): Co-innovation and Scaling

Using the multi-level perspective (MLP) to guide the enquiry, Sam’s project is applying the theory of anchoring to explore technological, network and institutional interactions between the so-called niche and regime.  He is equating scaling with the journey from niche to regime and is drawing a distinction between scaling-up and scaling-out.

Organised by Knowledge Technology and Innovation

Tue 30 August 2016 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room V72
Scaling-up describes creating conditions for change and action, reflected by the extent of institutional embeddedness. Scaling-out describes spatial spread, measured, for example, in terms of market penetration.  Primary data is drawn from case studies of change-in-the-making from New Zealand’s Primary Innovation Programme. Evidence is emerging of co-innovation facilitating niche-regime interactions and supporting the evolution of networks within the space that this creates.  The critical importance of  enabling conditions for change and action is highlighted by issues associated with shifting prevailing institutions e.g. challenging the established ‘rules of the game’.
Sam Beechener is a PhD Candidate in a collaborative project between SRUC, the Universities of Edinburgh and Wageningen and AgResearch in New Zealand.  The focus of Sam’s study is on how co-innovation impacts on scaling-up and scaling-out in the agri-food sector - this represents a continuation of interest as it builds on his previous practical experience with ADAS, one of the UK’s leading providers of environmental and rural consultancy.