Collaborating with different futures in mind

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In 2018, the Dutch government adopted a neighbourhood-based approach to deal with the local energy transition (built environment). With this new approach, the success of these local energy projects is vital. However, the projects struggle to establish long-term collaboration. To support this feature, experts’ recommendations are limited in formulating a shared vision to align actors in the long run. In practice, these shared visions are often ineffective because these are unable to align stakeholders. It turns out that actors interpret visions according to their own background, leading to actors collaborating while having different preferred futures in mind. Whereas this often works in the beginning, discrepancies are often revealed along the way, creating conflict and thereby risking the success of the project. To avoid these conflicts and support local energy projects in creating long-term collaboration, this research works with the idea that aligning stakeholders requires recognising the different preferred futures. To do so, the first step was to investigate how these preferred futures differ among the various actor-types, leading to the following research question: How do preferred futures differ among the various actor-types in the process of a local energy project with the aim to support long-term collaboration?
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen