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Record number 431367
Title Social learning in regional innovation networks: trust, commitment and reframing as emergent properties of interaction
Author(s) Sol, A.J.; Beers, P.J.; Wals, A.E.J.
Source Journal of Cleaner Production 49 (2013). - ISSN 0959-6526 - p. 35 - 43.
Department(s) Education and Competence Studies
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) natural-resource management - collaboration
Abstract Social learning in multi-actor innovation networks is increasingly considered an important precondition for addressing sustainability in regional development contexts. Social learning is seen as a means for enabling stakeholders to take advantage of the diversity in perspectives, interests and values for generating more sustainable practices and policies. Although more and more research is done on the meaning and manifestations of social learning, particularly in the context of natural resource management, little is known about the social dynamics in the process of social learning. In this contribution an integrated hypothetical framework that provides a better understanding of social learning as a generative process with outcomes is presented. This hypothetical framework is grounded theoretically in emergent social learning theory and empirically in a retrospective case study around multi-stakeholder sustainability-oriented regional learning in the North of The Netherlands. Our findings indicate that trust, commitment and reframing are interrelated aspects and emergent properties of interaction in the process of social learning. Hence, the framework presented reflects social learning as a dynamic process, in which trust, commitment and reframing are continuously produced and reproduced through the (inter)actions of the individual actors.
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