Explaining different modes of interaction university-enterprise-government to enhance innovations: case studies of Brazilian firms

  • Andre Alves

    School of Management Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul,

    Time : Sat, Nov 23 14.00 - 14.20

    Room : Madhukara A


Triple Helix model (THM) emphasizes the role of the interaction played between universities, public institutions and firms in fostering innovation. However, this interaction requires some effort and interest of all parties involved. The purpose of this paper is to identify main features of the tripe-helix interaction in four firms from different Brazilian industries. Preliminary findings suggest that, based on symmetric/asymmetric information, the firms' decision of innovation partnering with universities and governmental entities depend on innovation capabilities available in the firm, which are directly linked to the features of the industry. Findings suggest that, under the THM, firms can perform four possible behaviors. Based on perfect information about the innovation partnership possibilities under the THM and the potential benefits, firms could decide: a) Not to interact, because the cost-benefit analysis is negative; b) Interact, because the cost-benefit analysis is positive. And based on imperfect information, firms could decide: c) Not to interact, because managers or owners are not aware about the innovation partnership possibilities and its benefits; and d) Interact, but without being totally aware about the innovation partnership possibilities and its potential benefits. The study intends to provide useful information for a better understanding of firm's behavior under the THM. Findings suggest that policy makers, when promoting innovation in the Brazilian context, could have the possibilities to make better decision in resource allocation


Triple Helix Conference I Amsterdam, 1996 II New York, 1998 III Rio de Janeiro, 2000 IV Copenhagen, 2002 V Turin, 2005 VI Singapore, 2007 VII Glasgow, 2009 VIII Madrid, 2010 IX Stanford, 2011 X Indonesia, 2012 XI London, 2013
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