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Kinnunen, T., Rinkinen, S., Majava, J. and Gillette, J. (2018) ‘Innovative regional development through triple helix collaboration: a comparative case study of strategic structures and implementation’, Int. J. Innovation and Regional Development, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.120–135

Innovative regional development through triple helix collaboration : a comparative case study of strategic structures and implementation

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Author: Kinnunen, Tuomo1; Rinkinen, Satu2; Majava, Jukka3;
Organizations: 1Smart Energy and Transport Solutions, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland LTD, P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland
2Industrial Engineering and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT Lahti, Saimaankatu 11, FI-15140, Finland
3Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014, Finland
4Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS), Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 47306, USA
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-05-22


Intense global competition forces regions to seek new ways to boost innovativeness and the success of local enterprises. This paper focuses on triple helix collaboration to support regional innovation-led development and economy. Various options exist for structuring and implementing triple helix collaboration. However, current empirical knowledge is inadequate for stakeholders interested and involved in regional strategy creation and implementation. This study analyses the strategic structures and implementation of triple helix collaboration in two regional cases: Brainport (Netherlands) and Oulu innovation alliance (OIA, Finland). Case Brainport introduces a holistic approach and high profile role in regional development, whereas case OIA demonstrates the knowledge institutes’ role in regional development in five spearhead areas. The cases illustrate two empirical ways to utilise triple helix mandate and strategic structures in regional development and strategy processes. The case comparison demonstrates diverse options for organising triple helix collaboration.

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Series: International journal of innovation and regional development
ISSN: 1753-0660
ISSN-E: 1753-0679
ISSN-L: 1753-0660
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Pages: 120 - 135
DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2018.10013232
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2018 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.