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University capability as a micro-foundation for the Triple Helix model: the case of China

Liu, Y. and Huang, Q. (2018) University capability as a micro-foundation for the Triple Helix model: the case of China. Technovation, 76-77. pp. 40-50. ISSN 0166-4972

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2018.02.013


This paper aims to advance our understanding of the Triple Helix model from a micro-foundational perspective by articulating the notion of university capability. From an external evaluative viewpoint we suggest that university capability consists of (1) resource base, (2) motivation/objective, (3) resource allocation and coordination mechanisms, and (4) regional outcomes. Based on qualitative data collected from two leading cities in innovation and regional development in China, our study unpacks university capability by distinguishing resources and capabilities. Furthermore, this paper empirically elucidates two different approaches to deal with university capability. Our conceptualization of university capability may be a useful analytical tool to better understand the role of ‘university’ and its relationship with the other actors in the Triple Helix model.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:81587

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