Workshop the Micro-Foundations of Triple Helix & Special Issue Technovation

Grenoble Ecole de Management, 26 – 27th May, 2014


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Vincent Mangematin, Associate dean for Research Grenoble Ecole de Management



Henry Etzkowitz (*email address protected*)
Conor O’Kane (*email address protected*)
James Cunningham (*email address protected*)
Vincent Mangematin (*email address protected*)



Triple Helix has been a key concept to describe how industry, university, and public authorities articulate their activities and how these combine to promote innovation (Etzkowitz, 2008). While Triple Helix has been used at the macro level to describe the workings of national systems of education and innovation, and at the regional levels to analyze “innovations in innovation” such as the invention of the venture capital firm, the aim of this special issue is to explore the basic elements of the Triple Helix, focusing on how the Triple Helix actually operates.
Triple Helix has been operationalized in different ways in different contexts. In academia as well as in firms, research has been organized by programs launched by funding agencies that are more and more related to societal and economic concerns. Governance has supplemented government as coordination occurs laterally as well as vertically. Research projects are designed to better understand these developments. Some projects are long term such as common labs between firms and universities, dedicated teams or buildings or short term like research projects led by co-principal investigators or mechanisms to move people around the Triple Helix, nationally and internationally. In every country and region, more or less similar organizational formats for cooperation and collaboration have been adopted. However, the results are different both in terms of academic outputs and in terms of articulation between academia, government and industry, varying by previous organizational structure, culture, interface mechanisms, and other variables.
The workshop aim at exploring practices around Triple Helix, how organizations and scientists are transforming their methods of performing science and translating it into practice to match Triple Helix objectives.



Monday, 26th May

08:30 Coffee-morning (F501)

09:00 Welcome (F501)
Vincent Mangematin and Henry Etzkowitz

10:00 Session 1

  • Claire Champenois & Henry Etzkowitz – “The micro-foundations of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Science-Market boundary modalities in aspiring and established regions: Nantes and Silicon Valley”
  • Yin Li, Sanjay Arora, Jan Youtie, and Philip Shapira – “The Development of Innovative Green Goods SMEs: Exploring the Mix of Micro-Level Relationships Underlying Growth”

13:00 Lunch (TBC)

14:00 Session 2
Sessions 2 and 3 will be broken up into two groups which will run in parallel

Session 2.1 (F501)

  • Yipeng Liu & Qihai Huang – “University capability as micro-foundation for Triple Helix model: Cultivating university capability or attracting talent?”
  • Marina van Geenhuizen – “User Groups as Key Partners in Triple Helix Interaction: the case of Living Labs”
  • Severine Louvel – “How current science policy priorities affect PIs’ capacity to act as scientific entrepreneurs”

Session 2.2 (TBC)

  • Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo, Elvira Uyarra & Fumi Kitagawa – “Understanding the Dynamics of Triple Helix Interactions. The Case of English Higher Education”
  • Catherine Kindo & Nicolas Battard – “Looking for new model in health care: Towards platform organisations”
  • Georg Reischauer – “Versatile Boundaries: Managing the Integration of Triple Helix Organizations”

17:00 Closing Remarks (F501)

Evening: Dinner at ‘Le 5’


Tuesday 27th May

08:30 Coffee-morning (F501)

09:00 Welcome Back (F501)
Vincent Mangematin and Henry Etzkowitz

09:30 Session 3

Session 3.1 (F501)

  • Daniela Baglieri, Francesco Baldi & Christopher L. Tucci – “How Different are Universities in Technology Commercialization? Institutional Logics and Multi-Sided Business Models”
  • Conor O’Kane – “Translating publicly funded science: an examination of principal investigator – technology transfer office interactions”
  • Corine Genet & Vincent Mangematin – “What remains in academia lab when entrepreneurs have left?”

Session 3.2 (TBC)

  • Ylva Askfors, Malin Hollmark, Marcus Lindahl, Sjoerd Haasl, Bertil Guve – “Triple-helix at the micro level Multidimensional interdisciplinary problem solving from the individual’s perspective”
  • Nicolas Battard & Christelle Robin – “Do I have to be a felon to be a good PI? Alignment and misalignment in scientific laboratories”
  • Will Geoghegan, Paul Ryan & Rachel Hilliard – “The Innovative Capabilities that Firms Develop from University/ Industry Collaboration”

13:00 Lunch (TBC)
Provided by GEM

14:00 Session 4 (F501)

  • Sarah Lubik, Tim Minshall, Nicky Dee & David Gill – “Incubator Business Models: Evidence from the Cambridge Technology Cluster”
  • James Cunningham – Principal Investigator as a Triple Helix micro founder

16:00 Closing Remarks



We welcome call for contributions dealing with:

  1. Changing organizational and individual practices
  2. Human resource management, evaluation and assessment progressing towards Triple Helix
  3. The roles of leadership in Triple Helix organisations
  4. The transforming roles of key agents in Triple Helix organisations (e.g. principal investigators, university leaders, policy makers, technology transfer offices, and industry associations)
  5. International collaborations across Triple Helix
  6. Bottom-up innovations in Triple Helix articulation
  7. Gender dimensions of Triple Helix practice
  8. Boundary crossing modalities

We are invited abstract before February 15th, 2014.

Abstracts can be sent to the following email addresses: *email address protected* and cc *email address protected*.

Draft papers will be discussed during the workshop. The deadline for revised papers after the workshop or full paper is November, 1st 2014.

Full papers must be submitted to the Elsevier submission system for publication in the special issue of Technovation (Elsevier). They will be double-blind reviewed in that system.



The workshop is free of charge. For more information and registration:  *email address protected* and *email address protected*