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Successful Organizational Learning in the Management of Agricultural Research and Innovation: The Mexican Produce Foundations

Authors: Ekboir, J.M. et alii. (IFPRI research report 162)
Publication date: 2009

Using a theoretical framework that draws on the literature on innovation systems, complexity theories, and organizational cultures and governance, this study analyzes the factors that allowed the Mexican Produce Foundations to develop strong innovative capabilities and how these capabilities were affected by changes in the interactions among regulatory frameworks, the federal and state governments and organizational structures, creative individuals, and the history of the processes.

The questions this report seeks to answer are how an organization that manages public funds for research and extension could sustain organizational innovations over extended periods and how it could learn and adapt to maximize its impact on the agricultural innovation system.

Previous studies found that human resources, organizational cultures, and governance structures are three of the most important factors influencing institutional change and innovative capabilities. Despite their importance, these factors have been largely neglected in the literature on agricultural research and extension policies. This report analyzes what role these factors played in the Mexican experience.