Innovation Management: A New Framework for Enabling Agricultural Innovation.

This paper provides a framework to help analyze the sorts of innovation management tasks that are becoming important. This framework distinguishes three elements of innovation management: (i) Functions (ii) Actions (iii) and Tools. The paper’s analysis of the innovation management in the Research Into Use (RIU) projects in South Asia suggests that it is not technology access-related tasks alone that are important, but the bundling of these with other activities, which include the development of networks, advocacy for policy change, training and other negotiated changes in practice and action. The implication for policy is that putting new knowledge into use requires projects, organizations and/or initiatives whose chief characteristic is not primarily as a conduit to technology but rather is one of being able to undertake a much wider range of innovation management tasks.

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