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Co-creation: Moving towards a framework for creating innovation in the triple helix

Hughes, T.


Tim Hughes
Professor in Applied Marketing


The objective of the paper is to demonstrate how the theoretical ideas of Service-Dominant Logic (S-D logic) can usefully be applied to innovation through collaboration between university, industry and government. The debate around S-D logic has stimulated much discussion around three areas that are particularly pertinent in considering the co-creation of knowledge within the Triple Helix. The first area relates to understanding the nature of the resources provided by all the parties involved and the process through which they are integrated. The second area relates to interaction between the parties involved. The third and most complex area relates to how value is perceived by the different parties. This discussion leads to a proposed model of the co-creation process and four suggested research agendas: Research Agenda One, relating to the resources supplied by the parties and their integration; Research Agenda Two, concerning the interaction practices that enhance co-creation; Research Agenda Three, exploring what value propositions will motivate the different parties to co-create; and Research Agenda Four, considering how co-creation modifies the resources of the parties involved. A model of the co-creation process that encompasses these four research agendas and provides a conceptual framework to analyse Triple Helix initiatives is proposed. Some practical implications are then discussed, relating to the challenges for researchers in identifying who to co-create with and understanding what value propositions will motivate potential partners.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation
Print ISSN 0810-9028
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 4
Pages 337-350
APA6 Citation Hughes, T. (2014). Co-creation: Moving towards a framework for creating innovation in the triple helix. Prometheus, 32(4), 337-350.
Keywords co-creation, service-dominant logic, practitioner impact
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Additional Information Additional Information : his is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation in 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/08109028.2014.971613


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