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ISSN 2500-2597 online English

Leonid Gokhberg


Perez-Vico Eugenia1,2, Sylvia Schwaag Serger 1,3, Emily Wise 1, Mats Benner 1,4
  • 1 Lund University, Box 7080 220 07 Lund, Sweden
  • 2 Halmstad University, Kristian IV:s Vag 3, Halmstad, Sweden
  • 3 Swedish Government Agency for Innovation (Vinnova), Se-101 58, Master Samuelsgatan 56, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 4 Royal Institute of Technology , Teknikringen 74D, Plan 5, SE-100 44, Stockholm, Sweden

Knowledge Triangle Configurations at Three Swedish Universities

2017. Vol. 11. No. 2. P. 68–82 [issue contents]

The concept of a knowledge triangle, i.e., the principle of strengthening the linkages between research, education and innovation, has emerged as a result of policymakers’ expectations that universities to assume broader social responsibility. Yet, little is known about how these tasks and their interactions are orchestrated at universities. We explore how they are manifested in the organisation and strategy of three different Swedish universities, and how these manifestations are shaped by the policy landscape. The article highlights that although the knowledge triangle remains a priority, explicit national policies are lacking, with the responsibility of integration falling upon universities themselves. We observe great diversity in how the principles of knowledge production are implemented at the universities, e.g., through individuals’ interpretations and attitudes, and through management strategies and incentive schemes. The three tasks have largely been handled separately, with weak coordination and generally limited ambition demonstrated by university management teams to forge new combinations of remits. At the individual and group levels, we observe weak task articulation, although some role models serve as inspiration. Tensions emerge as the responsibilities of operationalising the knowledge triangle falls on individuals who sometimes lack the appropriate mandate and resources. These findings raise questions for further research and implications for policy and university management.


Perez Vico E., Schwaag Serger S., Wise E., Benner M. (2017) Knowledge Triangle Configurations at Three Swedish Universities. Foresight and STI Governance, vol. 11, no 2, pp. 68–82. DOI: 10.17323/2500-2597.2017.2.68.82

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