Testing the effectiveness of network governance mechanisms to foster ambidexterity of agricultural innovation networks in East and Central Africa

Silvia Andrea Pérez Perdomo, Andrew Farrow, Jacques H. Trienekens, Onno S.W.F. Omta, Gerben van der Velde

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Abstract

We tested three innovation network governance mechanisms for exploring and exploiting innovation opportunities. We analysed household-level panel data from agricultural innovation networks in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. We found that first-order governed networks fostered capabilities for exploitation as well as exploration, while second-order governed networks fostered specialised capabilities for exploitation. Meta-governed innovation networks were most effective in combining multiple capabilities for exploration and exploitation. However, our results indicate that the relationship between network governance and ambidexterity of innovation networks is not robust, and we recommend further research on the context as a mediating factor between network governance and capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-95
JournalInternational Journal on Food System Dynamics
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Rwanda
Central Africa
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Eastern Africa
Functional Laterality
Uganda
East Africa
governance
innovation
Innovation
Testing
Research
testing
exploitation
households
panel data
Innovation networks
Governance mechanisms
Network governance
Ambidexterity

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Ambidexterity
  • Capabilities
  • Challenges
  • Innovation
  • Innovation platforms
  • Network governance

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