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The Co-Creation-Wheel: A four-dimensional model of collaborative, interorganisational innovation

Corry Ehlen (Zuyd University for Applied Sciences, Sittard, The Netherlands and Cocreata Consultancy, Sittard, The Netherlands)
Marcel van der Klink (Research Centre for Professional Education, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen, The Netherlands)
Jol Stoffers (Research Centre for Employability, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Sittard, The Netherlands and Research Centre for Education and the Labor Market (ROA), Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
Henny Boshuizen (Open Universiteit, Heerlen, The Netherlands)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to design and validate a conceptual and practical model of co-creation. Co-creation, to design collaborative new products, services and processes in contact with users, has become more and more important because organisations increasingly require multidisciplinary collaboration inside and outside the organisation to respond to challenges and create added value.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a design and validation study, which uses mixed-methods, a reconstructive design and a semi-structured interview with a questionnaire as validation. The designed model is validated by 14 scholars and practitioners across fields.

Findings

Designed is a conceptual and practical model, the four-dimensional Co-Creation-Wheel, which contains success factors for co-creation: 12 internal team factors plus 4 external conditions and a core. The validation study of this model, scientifically and as a practical instrument, supported the importance of the components of the model and suggested slight improvements. This resulted in a refinement of the first designed Co-Creation-Wheel.

Research limitations/implications

Although restricted usefulness to large-scale structured innovation practices was expected, the instrument has a broader reach. First applications demonstrate that this Co-Creation-Wheel is multifunctional and international. It inspires, supports reflection of collaboration, stimulates interventions to enhance co-creation practices and human resource development (HRD) activities and is able to measure the quality of co-creation elements. Further research on its effects in co-creation practices is necessary, especially on the role of HRD in co-creation..

Originality/value

This study is the first to design and validate a multifaceted, holistic conceptual and practical model of co-creation that is easy to use for innovators in practice and is multifunctional.

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Citation

Ehlen, C., van der Klink, M., Stoffers, J. and Boshuizen, H. (2017), "The Co-Creation-Wheel: A four-dimensional model of collaborative, interorganisational innovation", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 41 No. 7, pp. 628-646. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-03-2017-0027

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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