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Longi, H., Niemelä, S., & Leppänen, T. (2020). Bridging the innovation system and industry development: experiments from Northern Finland. International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 9(2), 85-101.

Bridging the innovation system and industry development : experiments from Northern Finland

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Author: Longi, Henna1; Niemelä, Sami2; Leppänen, Tero1
Organizations: 1Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
2Oulu University of Applied Sciences P.O. Box 222, 90101 Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-09-02


As technological change has been identified as a one important driver of economic growth, the interest towards research, development, and innovation (RDI) has increased in academia and also in policy practices. However, a systemic analysis of innovation activities easily overlooks the role of the companies as key actors building the bridge between innovations and economic growth. Combining the analyses of innovation systems and entrepreneurial activities is important in ensuring the recognition of public and private stakeholders in regional development. This paper discusses the interplay of public and private sectors and concentrates on the companies and industry development in innovation systems. The case study in this article comes from the Oulu region in Northern Finland. This paper aims at describing and analysing public-funded projects as links between RDI and business development.

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Series: International journal of innovation and regional development
ISSN: 1753-0660
ISSN-E: 1753-0679
ISSN-L: 1753-0660
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Pages: 85 - 101
DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2020.110515
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
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