Understanding Quadruple Helix relationships of university technology commercialisation: a micro-level approach

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Given recent demands for more co-creational university technology commercialisation processes involving industry and end users, this paper adopts a micro-level approach to explore the challenges faced by universities when managing Quadruple Helix stakeholders within technology commercialisation processes. To explore this research question,a qualitative research methodology which relies upon comparative case analysis was adopted to explore the technology commercialisation process in two universities within a UK region. The findings revealed that university type impacts Quadruple Helix stakeholder salience and engagement and consequently university technology commercialisation activities and processes. This is important as recent European regional policy fails to account for contextual influences when promoting QuadrupleHelix stakeholder relationships in co-creational university technology commercialisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1058-1073
Number of pages16
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number6
Early online date17 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Jun 2018


  • Quadruple Helix
  • Stakeholder theory
  • multiple case analysis
  • university-industry collaboration
  • university entrepreneurship
  • university technology commercialisation


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