This project aims to identify how alternative business models and hybrid entrepreneurship can support the design, development and commercialization of RIH.
This project consists of a longitudinal case study of high-impact enterprises developing RIH in Quebec, Ontario and the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Sixteen enterprises with responsibility features described in the RIH framework were recruited in 2017 and 2018 and will be monitored over a period of 4 years. Diversification criteria included organizational structures and types of innovation developed. An overview of the cohort of enterprises participating in this project can be seen in the following infographics.
This project is based on in-depth interviews with members of the organization’s management team or employees directly involved in the design or development of the innovation. Additional data is collected through a secure web-based platform that allows: 1) to upload public documents related to the organization (financial reports, business plan, etc.) and 2) to complete the organization’s “digital diary” twice a year.
Initial interviews explored the genesis of the enterprise, its business model, organizational capacity and the challenges it faces. Subsequent interviews take stock of the challenges and opportunities shaping the innovation as well as the organization. Articles are currently being prepared.
Project Lead: Hudson Silva