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Improving learning capabilities : a case study of an independent research unit in interaction with the local community

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Otter, Casten von

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Abstract "The focus of this study is on interaction between local public administration, businesses and universities in a Triple Helix. The paper presents experiences from an independent research organization set up to further regional development, where doctoral students worked with a local community. The paper also draws on experience from other similar independent research units in Sweden. It is suggested that a major reason for the lack of rapport between the parties is that researchers and entrepreneurs tend to stress different parts of the research process. While orthodox science emphasizes verification, entrepreneurs are more interested in theoretically informed creativity and innovation, especially when they gain from saving time. They see uncertainty and risk management as unavoidable components of doing business, and often mistrust scientific proofs and abstract modelling." (author's abstract)
Keywords action research; interaction; regional development; research facility; innovation; research process; research; organization; science; cooperation; economy; public administration; theory-practice; Sweden
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Free Keywords Triple Helix; interactive research; organization of PhD studies
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 324-348
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 3 (2007) 3
Issue topic Interactive Research
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications