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    Innovation intermediaries’ types and functions: a computational analysis of the literature

    Caloffi, A. and Colovic, Ana and Rizzoli, V. and Rossi, Federica (2023) Innovation intermediaries’ types and functions: a computational analysis of the literature. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 189 (122351), ISSN 0040-1625.

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    Innovation intermediaries have become numerous and diverse. Faced with this growing heterogeneity, there is the need to advance understanding of the organisations that engage in innovation intermediation activities. To do so, we use a combination of text mining and bibliometric techniques, and we identify seven different streams of literature, six of which refer to distinct types of intermediaries that perform specific functions and often involve specific types of organisations. Looking at the evolution of the different streams of literature over time, we find that the early contributions focused on university incubators, science and technology parks, and the role they play within different types of innovation systems. More recently, the focus has shifted to the role of intermediaries in supporting sustainable transitions. Despite the differences between the various types of intermediaries and the literature streams that analyse them, the bibliographic coupling shows that all strands of literature have a common theoretical basis, which includes the open innovation approach and revolves around the role of science parks and incubators.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Innovation intermediaries, computational literature review, open innovation intermediaries, innovation system intermediaries, transition intermediaries, cluster intermediaries, KIBS, incubators
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Federica Rossi
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2023 15:22
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:20


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