Proceedings of the XVII International Triple Helix Conference 2019, Cape Town
ISBN 978-0-620-84786-5

Intro message to the Proceedings from the THA President, Prof. Henry Etzkowitz:
“We celebrate the Triple Helix return to Africa, after a hiatus from Addis Ababa and Nairobi. In Cape Town, these coming days, we will address the renewal of the Triple Helix Concept and explore its relevance to South African reality. Can knowledge based innovation assume a leading role in driving forward economic and social development in circumstances where it is just assuming a legitimated role? We answer “yes” wholeheartedly, while recognising the need to address obstacles beyond the usual and cross varied “death valleys” to teach the promised land of flourishing innovation and entrepreneurship.”

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Proceedings of the II International Triple Helix Summit 2018, Dubai
Editors: Abu-Tair, A., Lahrech, A., Al Marri, K., Abu-Hijleh, B. (Eds.)

Abstract: This volume gathers the latest advances and innovations in the triple helix of university-industry-government relations, as presented by leading international researchers at the II International Triple Helix Summit 2018, held in Dubai, UAE on November 10-13, 2018, which brought together experts, practitioners and academics across disciplines that address the dynamics of government, industry and academia. It covers analysis, theory, measurements and empirical enquiry in all aspects of university-industry-government interactions, as well as the international bases and dimensions of triple helix relations, their impacts, and social, economic, political, cultural, health and environmental implications. It also examines the role of government/academia/industry in building innovation-based cities and nations, and in transforming nations into knowledge-based sustainable economies. The contributions, which were selected by means of a rigorous international peer-review process, highlight numerous exciting ideas that will spur novel research directions and foster multidisciplinary collaboration among different specialists.

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Book “Repensar a Universidade II: Impactos para a Sociedade”

Authors: Jacques Marcovitch; Aluísio Cotrim Segurado; Antônio Carlos Marques; Carlos Antônio Luque; Carlos Augusto Vergani; Cleópatra da Silva Planeta; Elizabeth Balbachevsky; Estêvão Gamba; Fábio Sampaio Rosas; Fernando Hashimoto; Franz Kaiser; Gabriela De Brelàz; Guilherme Wolff Bueno; Helber Holland; João Eduardo Ferreira; José Antônio Rocha Gontijo; José Augusto Chaves Guimarães; Justin Axel-Berg; Lidiane C. Silva; Mariluce Moura; Marisa Masumi Beppu; Milena Pavan Serafim; Nina Ranieri; Renze Kolster; Rogério Mugnaini; Sabine Righetti; Solange Maria dos Santos; Soraya Soubhi Smaili; Teresa Dib Zambon Atvars; Vuokko Kohtamäki

Abstract: To sum up the innovative concept of this project, we would emphasize that no university evolves, in reality, without measuring its progress comparing itself to others. The comparative plan includes not only Brazilian institutions, but similar ones from other countries that have occupied the top positions in global rankings over a long time. Performance gains greater consistency and credibility when it is compared on the international scene with that of institutions of equal size and similar profile. Social impact in these cases is a crucial aspect of this performance. The work shows public universities united by their quality, in search of tools that make it more competitive and deserving of the trust of the public. The latest volume of this project from the three state universities in São Paulo sets new performance metrics to expand its presence in international comparisons, with developments that will be completed by 2022. The ideas and recommendations on the following pages set and meet this challenge. Aligned for the first time with the common intention of improving their academic performance, the three state institutions rethink their futures in this work.

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Book “Gender, Science and Innovation New Perspectives”

Authors:  Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck University of London, UK, Colette Henry, Head of the Department of Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway, Henry Etzkowitz, President, Triple Helix Association and Alexandra Poulovassilis, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Abstract: Gender, Science and Innovation explores the contemporary challenges facing women scientists in academia and develops effective strategies to improve gender equality. Addressing an important gap in current knowledge, chapters offer a range of international perspectives from diverse contexts, countries and institutional settings. This book is an essential contribution to the literature for academics, researchers and policy makers concerned with improving gender equality in academia and seeking to learn from the experiences of others.

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Theories from the Lab: How Research on Science Commercialization can Contribute to Management Studies

Authors: Riccardo Fini, Einar Rasmussen, Johan Wiklund and Mike Wright

Abstract: Universities and research centres have long been used to study management issues. A growing body of research has focused on how science can be effectively commercialized, emphasizing technology commercialization activities, university–industry collaborations, and academic entrepreneurship. While much of this work has documented empirical relationships, our aim in this introductory article of the special issue is to show how research on science commercialization may yield conceptual contributions to the field of management. Hence, we first discuss the importance of context for theory development. We then review how the science commercialization context has been used for theory development, identifying two facets used to conceptualize science commercialization (i.e., managing the transition between institutional contexts, and the multiple goals and impacts of actors engaging in science commercialization). This forms the basis for discussing what makes this context suited for theory development in general management and for outlining a future research agenda. We conclude by summarizing the papers in the special issue.

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Book “Celebrating Entrepreneurs: How MIT Nurtured Pioneering Entrepreneurs Who Built Great Companies”

Author: Edward Roberts

This week Amazon Books has released “Celebrating Entrepreneurs: How MIT Nurtured Pioneering Entrepreneurs Who Built Great Companies”, by my long-time friend and colleague , MIT Professor Ed Roberts, who founded and still chairs the MIT entrepreneurship program. The book is in Kindle (and other electronic downloads @$9.99) and in a beautiful colored paperback (@$50) format. The web site,, tells much more about the author, the book itself, and provides for direct purchase from Amazon at the pre-publication and early sales discounted prices.
It has taken 50 years to transform MIT from its unique historic traditions to today’s recognition that forming new innovation-based companies is indeed the most powerful source of impact upon the world. In his praise for the book, MIT President Rafael Reif exclaims: “An entrepreneurship tornado continues to blow at MIT. The energy of entrepreneurship rises through our classrooms, labs, and centers. It is central to who we are as an institution for 50 years of extraordinary achievement.” The first half of the book focuses upon MIT’s history of creating from scratch what they lovingly call the “MIT Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”. Much of what MIT has done has been literally copied by other institutions world-wide. Still more universities, regions and countries have adapted MIT’s approaches as needed to fit their own surroundings. Many academics, as well as those who are engaged in regional and national economic development , will benefit greatly from the lessons learned by MIT faculty and administrators over the past five decades.
The second half of the book contains four chapters of greater interest to current or would-be entrepreneurs and their investors. They tell the stories by the pioneering entrepreneurs themselves who formed and built: the life sciences and biotechnology industry, the Internet, from CAD-CAM to robotics, and even “modern finance”. The final chapter extends into more recent samples of interviews and company histories that include others from software. electronics, new diverse companies, and newer more diverse founding teams, now from all over the developing world. This part of the book provide dozens of examples and case studies of entrepreneurs who started and built highly successful firms, many which you will instantly recognize.

By the way, the opening cover page says clearly: ALL author royalties will be donated directly to endowment funds that support the MIT-wide entrepreneurship programs — this will immensely help MIT entrepreneurship.

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Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515


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