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Innovation intermediaries and collaboration: knowledge–based practices and internal value creation

De Silva, Muthu, Howells, Jeremy, Meyer, Martin (2017) Innovation intermediaries and collaboration: knowledge–based practices and internal value creation. Research Policy, 47 (1). pp. 70-87. ISSN 0048-7333. E-ISSN 1873-7625. (doi:10.1016/j.respol.2017.09.011) (KAR id:63579)


This paper analyses how knowledge-based practices adopted by innovation intermediaries enable them to generate value for themselves when collaborating with their clients. While the literature focuses on value creation for their client organisations, little is known about how innovation intermediaries create internal value even though this is essential for ensuring their long-term survival and sustaining their key facilitating role in the innovation system. This understudied issue is explored using empirical evidence from a sub-set of innovation intermediaries, Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs). The results indicate that by capitalising on existing knowledge vested in employees and collaborators as well as understanding and shaping the knowledge base of the innovation ecosystem, innovation intermediaries generate internal value from their involvement in collaborative innovation, which range from different financial to non-financial types of value. Implications for intermediaries, their collaborators and for policymakers are then discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.respol.2017.09.011
Uncontrolled keywords: Innovation intermediaries; Knowledge based practices; Value creation; European Union; Research and Technology Organisations; Knowledge capitalization JEL codes - O300; L10; L14; M15; D830
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Martin Meyer
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 14:08 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 13:26 UTC
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De Silva, Muthu.

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Howells, Jeremy.

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