G5 Doctoral dissertation (article)
Co-creation of knowledge for innovation in multi-stakeholder projects / (2019)

Ruoslahti, Harri (2019). Co-creation of knowledge for innovation in multi-stakeholder projects /. JYU dissertations. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-7867-9

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All authors or editors: Ruoslahti, Harri

eISBN: 978-951-39-7867-9

Journal or series: JYU dissertations

eISSN: 2489-9003

Publication year: 2019

Number of pages in the book: 1 verkkoaineisto (91 sivua, 49 sivua useina numerointijaksoina, 59 numeroimatonta sivua) :

Publisher: Jyväskylän yliopisto

Place of Publication: Jyväskylä

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-7867-9

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The European Union (EU) promotes innovation through its research funding programmes that offer opportunities for the co-creation of knowledge involving diverse groups of academics, businesses and public organisations in project consortia. Although participants may have conflicting interests, during a project, the focus is sharing insights and experiences. Accordingly, this thesis aims to gain an understanding of knowledge co-creation for innovation in funded projects from the viewpoint of multi-stakeholder communication, focusing particularly on communication with and the participation of end-users. It does so by studying the topic from four theoretical perspectives: the co-creation of knowledge, innovation networks, knowledge development processes and the resilience of complex social networks. These function as a framework for the six studies and seven published papers of this thesis. The context of the studies delivering case data consists of eight EUfunded projects aimed at research and innovation. The findings show that common development goals serve as the basis for partners to engage in sharing insights and experiences while developing knowledge for innovation. The perspective of the co-creation of knowledge highlights the intensive interaction among the many diverse actors who engage in building relationships and trust to enable joint work on a common problem. The perspective of innovation networks highlights that comprehensive solutions may require different roles from actors facilitated by structures and communication expertise. The perspective of knowledge development processes points to evolving input, throughput and output communication when engaging various stakeholders, especially end-users, adapting participation strategies over time. The perspective of resilience of complex social networks emphasises agile project communication to address vulnerabilities through interdependencies. Research and innovation projects bring about complex processes that call for close attention to interactions among a diverse group of stakeholders and the ways that end-user participation takes form in various project phases. This thesis adds to the overall body of knowledge on co-creation in innovation networks and, in particular, collaboration within EU-funded research and innovation project consortia.

Keywords: information; innovations; stakeholder groups; social networks; social inclusion; participation; end users; project management

Free keywords: co-creation of knowledge; innovation networks; multi-stakeholder projects

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Reporting Year: 2019

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