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ISSN 2500-2597 online English

Leonid Gokhberg


Mika Raunio1, Nadja Nordling1, Mika Kautonen1
  • 1 University of Tampere, 33014-University of Tampere, Finland

Open Innovation Platforms as a Knowledge Triangle Policy Tool – Evidence from Finland

2018. Vol. 12. No. 2. P. 62–76 [issue contents]

Open innovation platforms (OIPs) as a new tool fostering the convergence of innovation, education, and research activities have been gaining popularity over the course of recent years. Innovative activities are evolving towards more agile and user-driven processes. OIPs are the key mechanism for orchestrating these processes, providing a qualitatively new space for the interactions between science, education, and innovation. Platform actors have the opportunity to share knowledge and use the urban environment as a ‘living lab’.

Using the case of Tampere (Finland), the paper explores OIPs’ role in the orchestration of joint innovation projects within the framework of the ‘smart city’ model. The functions of the platforms in coordinating innovation are illustrated by the practices of three universities implementing the ‘knowledge triangle’ strategy. The initial data for the analysis of the cases were collected within the framework of the Six Cities Strategy project. The authors were guided by a participatory action research (PAR) approach and directly participated in events aimed at the development of strategy.
The results of the case analysis should contribute to the evolution of the OIPs concept both from the academic and policy perspectives. The authors highlight some tentative policy implications and recommendations.

Citation: Raunio M., Nordling N., Kautonen M., Rasanen P. (2018) Open Innovation Platforms as a Knowledge Triangle Policy Tool – Evidence from Finland. Foresight and STI Governance, vol. 12, no 2, pp. 62–76. DOI: 10.17323/2500-2597.2018.2.62.76
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