Title How effective are interface organizations in the promotion of university-industry links? Evidence from a regional innovation system
Authors Fernández-Esquinas M., MERCHAN HERNANDEZ, CARMEN, Valmaseda-Andía O., MERCHAN HERNANDEZ, CARMEN
External publication No
Means Eur. J. Innov. Manag.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
SJR Quartile 2
SJR Impact 0.56200
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84982993504&doi=10.1108%2fEJIM-07-2013-0068&partnerID=40&md5=76ae8e752580ca7890e8c6fb963cceb8
Publication date 01/01/2016
ISI 000382538600007
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-84982993504
DOI 10.1108/EJIM-07-2013-0068
Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of the interface organizations of a regional innovation system on the dynamics of knowledge transfer between universities and firms. Design/methodology/approach – The Triple Helix approach is used as a heuristic tool. The paper is based on a face-to-face survey to a sample of 800 innovative firms in Andalusia (Spain). The analysis focusses on the effectiveness attributed by the firms to technology transfer offices (TTOs), science parks and the regional innovation agency. Findings – Different organizations have different roles in the relationships that firms maintain with universities in a regional innovation system. Firm’s positive perceptions of TTOs, science parks and the innovation agency in the promotion of knowledge transfer are associated to the kind of relationships maintained with universities. Research limitations/implications – The research focusses on the region of Andalusia. Further studies could consider the applicability of the findings in other regional innovation systems. Practical implications – The paper helps governments and managers of TTOs, science parks and innovation agencies to understand the real use that interface organizations have for the industrial tissue of a regional innovation system. Originality/value – There have been few studies that observe together the value attributed by firms to the several interface organizations in a specific innovation system. The analysis contributes to the debate on the adjustment of the different roles of interface organizations in the promotion of knowledge transfer and innovation dynamics. © 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Keywords Innovation agencies; Regional innovation systems; Science parks; Small- to medium-sized enterprises; Technology transfer offices; Universities
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