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Governance Mechanisms Enabling Inter-Organizational Adaptation: Lessons from Grand Challenge R&D Programs

Christopher Hayter () and Albert Link
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Christopher Hayter: Arizona State University

No 20-1, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

Abstract: From climate change to terrorism, the world is confronting complex, trans-national problems. As a contemporary response, governments and non-profit organizations have established grand challenge programs, consisting of multi-sector research and development partnerships, to access innovative new ideas and rapidly scale solutions. Following recent scholarly contributions, this paper investigates how problems motivating program establishment were identified, how these problems and related contextual factors evolve over time, and how grand challenge programs evolve in response. It does so through a multi-year study of 10 grand challenge programs that differ substantially in purpose and organization. The paper finds that adaptive capabilities--inter-organizational governance mechanisms--and operational aspects such as purpose, scope, temporal factors, and partner capabilities are critical to program evolution and impact.

Keywords: Grand Challenges; R&D Partnernships; Governance; Innovation Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L22 O31 O35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2020-01-06
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