Universities and the Global Knowledge Economy: A Triple Helix of University-industry-government Relations

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Henry Etzkowitz, L. A. Leydesdorff
Pinter, 1997 - Education - 184 pages
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University and industry, up to now relatively separate and distinct institutional spheres, are assuming tasks that were formerly largely the province of the other in the development of new technologies. A new social contract is being drawn up between the university and the larger society, in which public funding for the university is made contingent upon a more direct contribution to the economy. Has economic development become a function of the university in addition to teaching and research? As the university crosses traditional boundaries through linkages to industry, it must devise ways to make its multiple purposes compatible with each other. The impetuses include: the industrial activities of individual academics in forming firms, which take on a collective force as they become Increasingly common; the organisational inititiatives of academic administrators in establishing procedures and administrative offices for university-industry relations; and conflict of interest controversies over linkages with industry. A new spiral model of innovation is required to capture multiple reciprocal linkages at different stages of the capitalization of knowledge.

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Etzkowitz is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Science Policy Institute, State University of New York, Purchase

Leydesdorff is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Dynamics, University of Amsterdam.

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