Our firm's interest in the meso space and its role in economic development is not new. This research theme is about our continued efforts to develop new instruments and concepts that help identify, improve, and strengthen organisations and programmes in the meso space.

Meso organisations are established to promote economic development and improve the competitiveness of a region by responding to a variety of permanent and temporary market, structural and performance failures at the micro level. While they result from targeted meso policies, their success also depends on other policy measures to be effective. While meso organisations can perhaps make it easier for firms to identify ways to upgrade their technology or knowledge, a whole range of other interconnected features of the overall economic system determine the investment climate and, thus, the framework conditions for upgrade efforts at the level of firms.

For the 2020 Annual Reflection, we wrote an article highlighting the four areas that we believe must receive attention to improve the resilience of the meso space. This article draws on several commissions we have received since 2017 to work with our clients to enhance the visibility, responsiveness and relevance of the organisations at the meso level. This research is ongoing. 

We are currently organising our praxis around these four themes:

1 - Strengthening the system awareness and dynamics

2 - Deepening of the capabilities in the system to respond to change

3 - Improving the design of programmes and functions to enable innovation

4 - Catalyse future orientation

For more information about these four areas, please look at our most recent article and the related case study. We will work on short publications focused on these four areas in the coming months.

From 2015 to 2019, we worked with several clients and collaborators to develop a Meso Organisational Development instrument. For now, we have put this development on hold and integrated our learning into areas 1, 2, and 3 of the four abovementioned areas. The Meso OD instrument that we developed can still be downloaded here. Read Article 4 in our Annual Reflection 2017 research output for more detail on the four dimensions covered by the framework.

If you are interested in following this theme or contributing to developing any of the instruments and concepts, please get in touch with us.

We are also searching for institutions or programmes that can host an experiment where your team will do the research under our guidance. 

 

The Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2017 we deliberate on the significance and relevance of the meso level and meso policy options as a vehicle and lever for stimulating economic activities and strengthening enterprises at the micro level. We particularly focus our considerations on the role and importance of meso organisations from both a theoretical and a practical, work-related perspective.

The Mesopartner Annual Reflection 2018 the reader will find discussions on the roles and relevance of meso organisations in the context of specific concepts, tools and insights from the research and practical experience of Mesopartner. We are using the opportunity to introduce some of our favourite tools and reflect on how far meso organisations are an integral part of them.

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How societies learn and build competencies  
How societies learn and build competencies Have you ever wondered why some companies, industries or even places appear to be more able to innovate and harness new knowledge, while others are lagging…  
Fostering dynamic entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems  
Fostering dynamic entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems In the natural sciences, an ecosystem is understood as a system of interconnected elements, formed by a community of organisms interacting with…  
Building the technological intelligence of industries and supporting organisations  
Building the technological intelligence of industries and supporting organisations Like the economies of many developing and middle-income countries, the South African economy has a fair share of…  
A resilient meso space to enable an adaptive Systemic Competitiveness landscape  
A resilient meso space to enable an adaptive Systemic Competitiveness landscape Over the past few years, Mesopartner has been working on different topics in its meso research theme. We have…  
Improving the resolution of the meso layer: a case study  
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Assisting South Africa to prepare for discontinuous change and the future of production  
Assisting South Africa to prepare for discontinuous change and the future of production During 2018, Shawn Cunningham, was contracted by the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) to assist…  
Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution a Paradigm Shift?  
Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution a Paradigm Shift? As economic development practitioners, we often wonder how emerging technological and social changes might affect the people we work with. How…  
World Economic Forum and the fourth industrial revolution in South Africa  
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Framing the concepts that underpin discontinuous technological change  
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Mapping the meso space that enables technological change, productivity improvement and innovation in the manufacturing sector  
Mapping the meso space that enables technological change, productivity improvement and innovation in the manufacturing sector This paper focuses on meso organisations and policies that strengthen the…  
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