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Haukipuro, L., Väinämö, S., Virta, V. and Perälä-Heape, M. (2023), Key aspects of establishing research, knowledge, and innovation-based hubs as part of the local innovation ecosystem. R&D Management.

Key aspects of establishing research, knowledge, and innovation-based hubs as part of the local innovation ecosystem

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Author: Haukipuro, Lotta1; Väinämö, Satu2; Virta, Veera3;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Science, University of Oulu, P.O.Box 8000, Oulu, FI-90014 Finland
2VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Kaitoväylä 1, P.O. Box 1100, Oulu, 90571 Finland
3Centre for Health and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, PL 5000, Oulu, FI-90014 Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-05-29


The purpose of this research is to increase the understanding of the principles of forming different types of hubs as spaces for collaborative R&D and innovation. This article offers valuable new knowledge regarding the establishment of hubs as part of the local innovation ecosystem. The paper will, through a qualitative multiple case study, shed light on the research issue of the establishment of hubs through an analysis of empirical data collected from three different types of hubs: a research hub, knowledge hub, and innovation hub. As a result, we introduce new building blocks of hubs to support managers and practitioners in forming collaborative hub structures.

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Series: R&D management
ISSN: 0033-6807
ISSN-E: 1467-9310
ISSN-L: 0033-6807
Issue: Online first
DOI: 10.1111/radm.12584
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: This research is connected to the GenZ project, supported by the Academy of Finland (Profi4 318930) and the University of Oulu, the DigiHealth knowledge Hub project (A73929), supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the University of Oulu, and coordination project of Hyteairo's National Analytics Network, supported by Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the University of Oulu.
Copyright information: © 2023 The Authors. R&D Management published by RADMA and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.