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Mobilising transnational epistemic communities in a multi-level system of innovation: the case of the forest based sector technology platform
Helsinki School of Economics.
2007 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
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The national innovation systems have been complemented with R&D programmes at the EU level. As part of the 7th Framework Program, the EU has adopted a new policy making tool, called Technology Platforms (TP). The purpose of the paper is to narrate a story of one TP, that of the Forest Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP), and to speculate on its potential consequences. The story of the emergence of the FTP concentrates on the role of institutional entrepreneurs that have been able to orchestrate a transnational mobilisation process. The emerging debate has also made visible gaps in national and transnational modes of operating. Despite the identified gaps there are signs that a Nordic innovation system is emerging in the forest sector with strong organisational linkages to all EU countries. By a Nordic innovation system we mean in this specific sectoral context that collaboration in R&D is not only based on long-term collaborative projects of buyers and sellers of new technological processes but on the a long term commitment of core institutional entrepreneurs to a variety of parallel research programmes at the transnational level. This is backed up by transnational operations and ownership structures of core private Nordic-based R&D organisations. Thus the early steps of a fieldwork based research project on the FTP give new insights of the interrelations of national and transnational R&D policies and the ways in which EU´s attempts to introduce experimentalist forms of decentralised governance stimulate integration of national innovation systems at the transnational level.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39428Local ID: e2f9bd60-54af-11dc-8e15-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1012940
Multi-level Governance Workshop : 17/05/2007 - 19/05/2007
Godkänd; 2007; 20110919 (ysko)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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