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Innovation intermediaries and collaboration: Knowledge–based practices and internal value creation

Muthu De Silva, Jeremy Howells and Martin Meyer

Research Policy, 2018, vol. 47, issue 1, 70-87

Abstract: This paper analyses how knowledge-based practices adopted by innovation intermediaries enable them to generate value for themselves when collaborating with their clients. While the literature focuses on value creation for their client organisations, little is known about how innovation intermediaries create internal value even though this is essential for ensuring their long-term survival and sustaining their key facilitating role in the innovation system. This understudied issue is explored using empirical evidence from a sub-set of innovation intermediaries, Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs). The results indicate that by capitalising on existing knowledge vested in employees and collaborators as well as understanding and shaping the knowledge base of the innovation ecosystem, innovation intermediaries generate internal value from their involvement in collaborative innovation, which range from different financial to non-financial types of value. Implications for intermediaries, their collaborators and for policymakers are then discussed.

Keywords: Innovation intermediaries; Knowledge based practices; Value creation; European union; Research and technology organisations; Knowledge capitalization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 L10 L14 M15 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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