Triple Helix as a basis for capacity building through innovation governance
Paper in proceeding, 2009

Over the last decade, policy initiatives to promote innovativeness and growth, inspired by normative models of triple helix and capacity building, have proliferated. Theories of economic development offer several explanations of the emergence of clusters in particular environments. Most theorists would argue that specific, natural, economic, or institutional factors determine capacity building in terms of cluster development. Other theorists emphasize the role of local social networks and phases of regional knowledge-based triple helix spaces in explaining the emergence of such capacity building. Neither of these theoretical streams offers systematic explanations of differences in the emergence and success of capacity building, beyond finding that crucial resources are unevenly distributed. The theoretical linkage between triple helix and capacity building through innovation governance is unclear. We still do not have a relevant theory explaining the influence of innovation governance involving local government–industry–university relationships on capacity building leading to successful innovations. Therefore, we are making a proposal to further develop the triple helix theory by focusing on capacity building through different sequences of innovation governance in relation to values/norms of identity, networks and local-global relations.




local-global relations


innovation governance


Stefan Szücs

University of Gothenburg

Susan Marton

University of Gothenburg

Olof Zaring

University of Gothenburg

Tomas McKelvey

University of Gothenburg

Paper presented at the 7th Biennial International Conference on University, Industry & Government Linkages, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 17-19 June, 2009

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