Formation of Inter-subjectivity as a Basis of Sustainable Collaborative Innovation

  • Akane MatsumaeEmail author
  • Yukari Nagai
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 65)


The aim of this study is to discover how inter-subjectivity is formed among various organizations in horizontal relationships as a basis of sustainable collaborative innovation. Since each organization in a horizontal relationship is independent, generating a sustainable project among multiple organizations is different from one within an established organization or one among organizations in vertical relationships. Forming inter-subjectivity among organizations is required as the founding phase of collaborative projects. The authors have empirically approached this problem and introduced the research methodology of dynamics, referring to knowledge creation theory. The results of our study demonstrate that it is essential to form inter-subjectivity among collaborators, which could be the base for dynamic innovation shared by stakeholders. Further, the outcome of this study will likely contribute to the development of the design methodology for innovation ecosystems among organizations in horizontal relationships, as well as to the substantial expansion of the scope of knowledge management theory.


Inter-subjectivity Formation process Boundary object Innovation design Horizontal local innovation ecosystem Knowledge creation 


  1. 1.
    Economist Intelligence Unit. (2016). Accessed 30 March 2016
  2. 2.
    Matsumae, A.: Multiagency University-Industry Collaboration to innovate Japanese Traditional Architectural Industry Multiagency University-Industry Collaboration to Innovate Traditional Japanese Architectural Industry. In: 2014 University-Industry Interaction Conference, pp. 215–228, Barcelona (2014)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Matsumae, A., Burrow, K.: Business model generation canvas as a method to develop customer-oriented service innovation. In: Maeno, T., Sawatani, Y., Hara, T. (eds.) Serviceology Designing for the Future. LNCS, vol. 1, Springer, Japan (2016)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Nonaka, I., Takeuchi, H.: Knowledge Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation. Oxford University Press, Oxford (1995)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Nagai, Y., Noguchi, H.: An experimental study in the design thinking process started from difficult keywords-modelling the thinking process of creative design. J. Eng. Des. 14(4), 429–437 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Taura, T., Yamamoto, E., Fasiha, M.Y.N., Goka, M., Mukai, F., Nagai, Y., Nakashima, H.: Constructive simulation of creative concept generation process in design: a research method for difficult-to-observe design-thinking processes. J. Eng. Des. 12(4), 559–570 (2012)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Krough, G., Ichijo, K., Nonaka, I.: Enabling Knowledge Creation: How to Unlock the Mystery of Tacit Knowledge and Release the Power of Innovation. Oxford Univ Press, Oxford (2000)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Nonaka, I., Konno, N.: The Grammar of Knowledge Creating Management for Prudent Capitalism. Tokyo Keizai Shinpohsha, Tokyo (2010)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Matsumae, A.: Development of agribusiness innovation following business model design: focusing on Kouju Tomato Farmer’s Group. In: International Conference of Serviceology 2014, Yokohama (2014)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Matsumae, A.: Application of design thinking to generate first-person initiative development in Arita: focusing on derived effects of co-creation process. In: 2015 Eastern Regional Organization for Planning & Human Settlements, pp. 134–136, Ureshino (2015)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. (2016). Accessed 30 March 2016
  12. 12.
    Star, S., Griesemer, J.: Institutional ecology, ‘translations’ and boundary objects: amateurs and professionals in Berkley’s museum of vertebrate zoology. J. Soc. Stud. Sci. 19(3), 387–420 (1989)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of KnowledgeJapan Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyNomiJapan

Personalised recommendations