Triple Helix Networks in a Multicultural Context: Triggers and Barriers for Fostering Growth and Sustainabilty

Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship

Posted: 25 Apr 2010 Last revised: 29 Apr 2010

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Ethel Brundin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eslyn Bleighnaul Isaacs

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Christian Friedrich

Government of Canada - Bank of Canada

Kobus Visser

affiliation not provided to SSRN

CAROLINE WIGREN

Jönköping International Business School and Circle, Lund University

Date Written: March 1, 2008

Abstract

This article deals with Triple Helix (university, industry and government cooperation) from an institutional theory perspective. The empirical context is the Western Cape Region in South Africa and the focus is entrepreneurship development. The purpose is two-fold: first, the existing Triple Helix model is adapted to the South African context; and second, facilities and impediments for working according to Triple Helix in South Africa are identified. The empirical material consists of a survey and three longitudinal case studies illustrating the degree of cooperation between the three parties. The article contributes to knowledge about how the Triple Helix model works on a regional level in a developing country. The study draws the following conclusions: when cooperation is to be identified between the three actors, only two of the three are involved; one missing link in the Triple Helix model is the focus on the entrepreneur; cooperation between the three parties are incidental rather than planned and there is lack of structure. In turn, some of these conclusions may be an effect of institutional changes on a national level. For a normative legacy, the article proposes a set of suggestions for incorporating all relevant parties on a practical level.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship development, Triple Helix model, institutional theory, emerging economies

Suggested Citation

Brundin, Ethel and Isaacs, Eslyn Bleighnaul and Friedrich, Christian and Visser, Kobus and WIGREN, CAROLINE, Triple Helix Networks in a Multicultural Context: Triggers and Barriers for Fostering Growth and Sustainabilty (March 1, 2008). Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1500713

Ethel Brundin (Contact Author)

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Eslyn Bleighnaul Isaacs

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Christian Friedrich

Government of Canada - Bank of Canada ( email )

234 Wellington Street
Ontario, Ottawa K1A 0G9
Canada

Kobus Visser

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

CAROLINE WIGREN

Jönköping International Business School and Circle, Lund University ( email )

SC Skane
Sweden

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