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Sustainable innovation journeys: exploring the dynamics of firm practices as part of transitions to more sustainable food and farming

Langendahl, Per-Anders; Cook, Matthew and Potter, Stephen (2016). Sustainable innovation journeys: exploring the dynamics of firm practices as part of transitions to more sustainable food and farming. Local Environment, 21(1) pp. 105–123.

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Abstract

Deep structural and sustained change is necessary to tackle contemporary environmental challenges. How such change emerges and can be governed has been explored through the notion of sustainable innovation journeys. To date research had conceptualised such journeys as transitions to more sustainable socio-technical systems, e.g. mobility, shelter, food and farming. However, there is a paucity of how innovation proceeds in firms as part of sustainable innovation journeys. This paper begins to address this gap in knowledge. A longitudinal case study was completed of a medium-sized food-processing firm in the UK. Qualitative data were collected using ethnographic methods such as participant observation. Drawing on practice theory, a conceptual framework was developed which enabled us to explore and make sense of the firm's sustainable innovation journey conceptualised as practices. Findings show that we can usefully treat a firm as a flow of practices that either resist or otherwise accommodate new practices deemed more sustainable.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1354-9839
Keywords: sustainable innovation journeys; practice theory; food and farming
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Design and Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 44249
Depositing User: Matthew Cook
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 12:54
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 17:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44249
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