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Networks of Innovation and Competitiveness: A Triple Helix Case Study

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  • Luís Farinha

    () (University of Beira Interior (UBI)
    Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco)

  • João Ferreira

    () (University of Beira Interior (UBI))

  • Borges Gouveia

    () (University of Aveiro)

Abstract

Abstract This paper aims to study the knowledge and technology transfer processes taking place in cooperation between academia and industry cooperation through an EU-funded R & D project. We follow a qualitative research methodology through a case study, incorporating interviews with the institutional actors involved (university, industry and government) in the cooperation project. While this study is limited to a case study, it does, however, highlight the importance of Triple Helix networks in order to develop research, development and innovation (RDI) initiatives and their commercialization and correspondingly enabling the identification of both potential opportunities and constraints in the process. Through the practical perspective of a successful Triple Helix cooperation case study, we were able to develop an innovative and continuous olive harvesting machine in order to satisfy a real need in the Mediterranean market. Inserted within the context of the triangulation of the Triple Helix model, this paper demonstrates the importance of RDI cooperation networks and the consequent commercialization of new tradable products with positive consequences to regional competitiveness.

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  • Luís Farinha & João Ferreira & Borges Gouveia, 2016. "Networks of Innovation and Competitiveness: A Triple Helix Case Study," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 7(1), pages 259-275, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jknowl:v:7:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s13132-014-0218-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s13132-014-0218-3
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