Making Innovation Dependable (MInD)

Validating Complex Technologies Across the Network Organisation

Principal Investigator:

Luciana D'Adderio


This Fellowship investigates the challenges to “dependable innovation” in the context of the network organisation and modular technology production.

Today it is no longer sufficient for technologies to be innovative, they also have to be dependable (i.e. reliable, available, safe and secure). Technology validation, including virtual simulation and physical testing, is the principal means by which dependability can be achieved; yet, testing remains a neglected feature of the innovation process.

This gap is all the more crucial in the face of growing technological complexity and specialisation and increasing globalisation of productive knowledge and activities. The validation challenge in this context is how to verify the properties of products (processes and services) whose design, production and maintenance are distributed across extended organisational networks and span a diverse range of functional, cultural and geographical boundaries.

The Fellowship addresses the challenges to ‘managing dependable innovation’ through an interdisciplinary enquiry rooted in Innovation, Organization and Dependability Studies. The analysis is based on qualitative ethnographic research and international case study comparison. The Fellow will lead an interdisciplinary network including scholars from leading international institutes as well as practitioners from industrial, standards- and policy-making organisations.