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dc.contributor.authorDouthwaite, Boru
dc.contributor.authorKeatinge, J.D.H.
dc.contributor.authorPark, J.R.
dc.identifier.citationDouthwaite, B., Keatinge, J.D.H. & Park, J.R. (2001). Why promising technologies fail: the neglected role of user innovation during adoption. Research Policy, 30(5), 819-836.
dc.descriptionPublished online: 22 May 2001
dc.description.abstractThe paper analyses innovation histories of two agro-mechanical and two seed-based technologies with high and low technological complexity, introduced into simple and complex farming systems in Asia. The main conclusion, which may be seen as a hypothesis for further testing, is that, as technology and system complexity increase so does the need for interaction between the originating R&D team and the key stakeholders (those who will directly gain and lose from the innovation) when the latter first replicate and use the new technology. This is because a successful technology represents a synthesis of the researcher and key stakeholder knowledge sets, and creating this synthesis requires more iteration and negotiation as complexity increases. Instead of assuming a new technology is ‘finished’ when it leaves the research institute, a more effective way of developing complex technologies is for the R&D team to release them as soon as the key stakeholders will adopt, and then nurture the technology’s continued development in partnership with the key stakeholders.
dc.description.sponsorshipDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
dc.subjectFarming Systems
dc.titleWhy promising technologies fail: the neglected role of user innovation during adoption
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Reading
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture
cg.isijournalISI Journal
cg.authorship.typesCGIAR and advanced research institute
cg.journalResearch Policy
cg.howpublishedFormally Published
cg.accessibilitystatusLimited Access

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