From the XIII Triple Helix Conference 2015
Open Innovation as a Driver of Economic Development in Emerging Markets: An assessment of two Triple Helix projects in Southern Africa
Daniël Nel, Davis Cook
Keywords: Open Innovation; Economic development; Triple Helix; Namibia; South Africa
Open Innovation activities embedded in Triple Helix collaborations are a potential source of economic growth. Two triple helix projects in Southern Africa are evaluated by analysing their influence on the creation of social capital, network expansion, firm resilience and knowledge and technology transfer. There is evidence that open innovation in triple helix configurations contributes to technological development , but only under specific circumstances. It was found that low absorptive capacity of firms and bad IP regimes negatively affects direct technology transfer.
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