The microfoundations of firmsâ€™ explorative innovation capabilities within the triple helix framework
Will Geoghegan and
Technovation, 2018, vol. 76-77, 15-27
In this paper we show how the triple helix model provides an organising regime within which participant firms can extend their capabilities for explorative innovation through funded collaborations with academia. In so doing, we adopt Felin et al.â€™s multi-level framework to examine the microfoundations of participant firmsâ€™ capabilities for explorative innovation in university partnerships. In our qualitative case study of a set of research projects that comprise a national research programme, we decomposed the microfoundations of the processes, interactions and the structures that facilitated the extension of member firmsâ€™ explorative innovation capabilities nurtured within each university-industry partnership. We explain the attitudinal and behavioural modifications of the firmsâ€™ individuals involved in the research project collaborations with university partners that aggregated into firm-level capabilities. Ultimately, we show that using a microfoundational lens allows for a deeper understanding of how triple helix programmes can influence the capabilities of firms for explorative innovation.
Keywords: Triple Helix; Microfoundations; University-industry relations; Capabilities; Exploratory innovation; Boundary spanners (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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