Influence of organizational structure on actor interaction within community level innovation platforms in Eastern Uganda
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Several studies indicate how the self-organizing nature of innovation platforms (IPs) influences actor interaction and networking. However, most of these studies tend to be biased towards the high level IPs. This study assessed how organizational structures within community level IPs influenced actor interaction. Data were collected from two community IPs in eastern Uganda which were engaged in the production and marketing of cassava and cassava based products through focus group discussions and key informant interviews. Group size, the decision-making process and internal rules and regulations shaped the structure of the community IPs and ultimately influenced the way actors related and shared information. Members within the small homogeneous groups felt more inclined to work together and willingly shared information due to the enhanced cohesion among them. The higher degree of cohesiveness within the groups promoted engagements among the members. Participatory decision-making provided opportunities for actors to freely air out their views regarding the key issues affecting the platform which consequently enhanced information sharing. Effective enforcement of rules and regulations in the IP influenced how actors related and shared information.