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African universities in the triple helix configuration of innovation systems: Adjusting the wellhead

Nwagwu, Williams

Abstract:

In this article, we situate the ‘university’ – the archetype of knowledge and innovations - in Africa within theoretical expectations in a knowledge-based economy as postulated by the Triple Helix (TH) perspective of innovation systems. We posit that while the TH three configuration represents an innovative approach in the explanation and visualisation of innovation systems in the new economy, the model appears too fine for most African societies where the governments exercise strong monopoly on the other sectors of the economy, and the economies may not be necessarily hi-tech and research and development –oriented. Rather, in its present structure, the configuration seems to fit environments where the university, industry and government maintain mutual independence and respect for each other’s roles in the economy. We advocate for the adjustment of the modelling complex to make room for the peculiar structure of most developing economies.


 

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Title of Paper: African universities in the triple helix configuration of innovation systems: Adjusting the wellhead


Date:2006
Document Type:Conference Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Innovation and Higher Education, University Industry Cooperation, Research and Development R&D, Industry and Higher Education, Research Institutions
Relationship:Conference on The Triple Helix Paradigm for Development: Strategies for Cooperation and Exchange of Good Practice, 18-19 September 2006, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England


File Size:185 KB
Date Added:09 November 2006


Nwagwu, Williams (2006). African universities in the triple helix configuration of innovation systems: adjusting the wellhead. Paper presented at the Conference on The Triple Helix Paradigm for Development: Strategies for Cooperation and Exchange of Good Practice, 18-19 September 2006, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England