Regional Innovation Networks and University-based Tech Transfer: The Potential for Hybrid Collaborative Models

 

Susan Christopherson, Cornell University

 

Collaboration, among people, firms and in cross-sectoral partnerships, is at the heart of the knowledge economy. The forms and extent of collaboration in any particular economy are shaped by the market rules governing property rights and risk. This keynote presentation examines some critical differences between regional network models of innovation and the primarily Anglo-American science-based research and development, intellectual property-driven model.  Both involve collaboration, but in different forms and among different agents. The presentation highlights the potential of hybrid models that take advantage of the dynamic short-term investment in science and technology prevalent in Anglo-American collaborations and the more incremental innovation models represented in regional industrial networks.