Collaboration Design thinking Innovation ecosystems Relational models Stakeholder theory
University of Nairobi
KORIA, M. and SUBRA, R., 2017. Collaborating for collective value: a mentoring perspective. Presented at: Innovation Research Symposium, Nairobi Innovation Week, University of Nairobi.
Innovation today is seen to be driven by the cooperation between individuals in innovation
ecosystems, but significant inertia, sub-optimal structures and understanding of how and why
collaboration is practiced in many cases blocks innovation. In this conceptual and exploratory
paper we argue that achieving high value added innovation requires mentored transitions through
which low value market pricing relational models are replaced by communal sharing ones that
enable high joint value creation. Through relational models and stakeholder theory and three
illustrative case studies, we propose that design thinking methods can support these mentored
transitions through the development of individual and social capabilities, enabling integrating,
translating and expanding roles in the mentoring process. The paper contributes to the
knowledge and application of relational models in innovation ecosystems through the mentoring
perspective and the application of design thinking in developing high value added innovations.