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Record number 427258
Title Design process outputs as boundary objects in agricultural innovation projects: Functions and limitations
Author(s) Klerkx, L.W.A.; Bommel, S. van; Bos, A.P.; Holster, H.C.; Zwartkruis, J.; Aarts, N.
Source Agricultural Systems 113 (2012)2012. - ISSN 0308-521X - p. 39 - 49.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2012.07.006
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Strategic Communication
LR - Backoffice
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) production systems - land-use - knowledge - complex - networks - models - policy
Abstract The purpose of this article is to investigate the functions of design process outputs (such as design briefs, scale models, visualizations, animations) as boundary objects in the implementation of novel agricultural production system concepts. The case study analysis of the innovation process that led to the establishment of the Rondeel poultry husbandry system reveals that the interpretative flexibility of design process outputs as boundary objects helps in creating mutual understanding among diverse actors involved in the implementation of a novel agricultural production system concept, and in mobilizing support for it. In some cases, boundary objects allow for interpretative flexibility but remain stable in shape; sometimes, however, the boundary objects themselves change as a result of the redesign process they induce. Furthermore, implementers of novel systems may prefer to maintain a rigid interpretation of the boundary object, using such interpretative rigidity of the boundary object as both an inclusion and exclusion mechanism for actors and options in the innovation process. The results confirm that a design process output such as a scale model can be purposefully created to serve as a boundary object and support novel agricultural system concept implementation. However, the effectiveness of a boundary object cannot be predicted and fully planned ex-ante.
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