Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations

  • Loet Leydesdorff
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Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff (2000) further elaborated the Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations (cf. Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff 1995; Lowe 1982) into a model for studying knowledge-based economies. A series of workshops, conferences, and special issues of journals have been developed under this title since 1996. In various countries, the Triple Helix concept has also been used as an operational strategy for regional development and to further the knowledge-based economy, for example, in Sweden (Jacob 2006) and Ethiopia (Saad et al. 2008). In Brazil, the Triple Helix became a “movement” for generating incubators in the university context (Almeida 2005).

Normatively, a call for collaborations across institutional divides, and the awareness that the roles of partners in such collaborations are no longer fixed in a knowledge-based economy provides a...


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  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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  • David F. J. Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty for Interdisciplinary StudiesAlpen-Adria-University KlagenfurtViennaAustria