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USE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE IN THE INNOVATIONAL PROCESS IN COMMUNITY WORK IN THE NORTH
Eva Carlsdotter Schjetne, Synnove Thomassen Andersen

Last modified: 2016-06-11

Abstract


The paper addresses psychological knowledge in innovation processes in rural areas in the North. The empirical base is the introduction of an innovation program realized through the University of the Arctic, a cooperative network of universities, colleges and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. We attempted to stimulate innovation in the rural villages of Northern Russia using workshops centred on building social capital through psychological knowledge. Our analysis shows that good family health and psychological knowledge among villagers is important for sustaining the innovational process in the North. We also found that technological infrastructure is a crucial but often lacking component in this process.


Keywords


practical psychology, social capital, innovation, Technology

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