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Record number 503529
Title Communicating tensions among incumbents about system innovation in the Dutch dairy sector
Author(s) Hoes, Anne Charlotte; Beers, Pieter Jelle; Mierlo, Barbara van
Source Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 21 (2016). - ISSN 2210-4224 - p. 113 - 122.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2016.04.005
Department(s) LEI Innovation, Risk and Information Management
Knowledge Technology and Innovation
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Agriculture - Communication - Incumbent - Innovation - Sustainability - Tension
Abstract

This article investigates the ways in which innovating incumbents address and deal with tensions in their daily conversations in a case of an dairy initiative aiming for sector transformation. Analysis of meetings shows that innovating incumbents employ three strategies to address and deal with tensions such as concerns about the initiative's impact: voicing concerns, questioning as starting point and questioning as response. In these ways, they address tensions at the boundaries between representative and initiative and between representative and constituency. The assigned staff members of initiatives play a key role in opening up conversations on tensions. Tensions among innovating incumbents are avoided in the formal meetings, but are addressed in the frequent bilateral contacts. The research adds to the understanding of the roles of incumbents in a 'transformation pathway', by showing how innovating incumbents in interaction question which actions contribute to a sector transformation.

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