Higher Education Institutions and Knowledge Triangle: Improving the interaction between education, research and innovation

Lorenz Lassnigg, Jakob Hartl, Martin Unger, Iris Schwarzenbacher

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Abstract

A critical review of the feasibility of the concept of the knowledge triangle (KT) as a basis for policy is presented. The research shows a gap between policy discourses and academic research. KT appears as a policy driven concept with superficial plausibility, however, has not been much analysed and evaluated. As a concept for policy making the KT seems complex and poorly understood. Few concrete approaches of the KT were observable (the European Institute of Innovation Technology EIT and the more conceptual European Association of Institutions in Higher Education EURASHE concept). The analysis provides an analytical framework and proceeds by looking at the three two-way-relationships included, and then tries to draw extrapolations towards the three-way relationship indicated by the KT. A focus is the 'Third Mission' of universities, that has various, and partly contradictory meanings. A basic challenge is that the concept requires a turn from the ongoing differentiation process in higher education towards (re)-integration.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

Bibliographical note

revised version, March 2017 (April 2016)

Keywords

  • Higher education, teaching, research, innovation, innovation policy

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