Relational Coordination Collaborative

Dec 8: Building Relational Ecosystems for Innovation to Support Energy Transition

October Cafe Presenters 

Thursday Dec. 8, 2022
3-4:00 PM ET


  • Bram Hendriks, Solve Consulting Rotterdam; Fundamentals Academy
  • Harold Alvarez, Royal Dutch Shell; Erasmus University School of Management
  • Ina Sebastian, MIT Center for Information Systems Research


  • Jody Hoffer Gittell, RCC, Brandeis University

Current social systems and organizational structures are cracking as they struggle to address the increasingly complex and interdependent challenges such as the transition from fossil to renewable energy. New structures such as inter-organizational collaborations emerge to overcome these grand challenges, where internal and external knowledge is integrated to develop and implement new technologies or products. However, this organizational diversity is like a double-edged sword - while it can be a fountain of creativity and knowledge creation, it can also be a hotbed of coordinating challenges that can fuel conflict and cause projects to fail.  In this Cafe, Bram Hendriks shows how the highly practical emerging theory of Relational Coordination could support effectively coordinating the underlying relational dynamics of collaborative knowledge creation based on his preliminary work with diverse stakeholders in the energy transition.  His findings are outlined in detail in Accelerating the Energy Transition - The Power of Relational Coordination, Master of Science thesis in Management of Innovation at Erasmus University's Rotterdam School of Management.