Building successful biobased innovation consortia

Aim of the project is the development of a model for the set up and the development of biobased innovation projects addressing technical, social and economic aspects. Such a model could help to optimise the innovation process and increase the probability of success.

Social sciences scholars have developed theories and models for the optimisation of an innovation process. Strategic niche management, Boundary work, Stakeholder analyses, Communication systems and Complex adaptive systems are examples of theories that are already successfully used to evaluate processes, afterwards. But can they also be used beforehand? Can these theories be used as a 'toolbox' to develop a model that can increase the probability of success of biobased innovation projects?

The project is divided into three parts:

  • Finding useful models supporting/optimising biobased innovation projects.
  • Using data of finished projects to develop a model for the set up of an innovation consortium.
  • Setting up an organisational structure for biobased innovation consortia.

Research topics include:

  • Studying which existing models in the field of technology, economics and sociology can be used to analyse biobased innovation projects.
  • Analysing the motivation/criteria for parties to join in a biobased innovation project and using this knowledge to set up an ideal organisational structure for a biobased innovation consortium.
  • Comparing how biobased innovation projects are set up in other countries

Centre for Biobased Economy

The Centre for Biobased Economy (CBBE) is co-sponsor of this research  project.

A biobased product is a product based on renewable resources (biomass: plant/animal origin) instead of fossil resources (oil/gas).