A processual approach to friction in quadruple helix collaborations

Octav-Eugen Popa*, Vincent Blok, Renate Wesselink

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R&D collaborations between industry, government, civil society, and research also known as ‘quadruple helix collaborations’ (QHCs) have recently gained attention from R&D theorists and practitioners. In aiming to come to grips with their complexity, past models have generally taken a stakeholder-analytical approach based on stakeholder types. Yet stakeholder types are difficult to operationalise. We therefore argue that a processual model is more suited for studying the interaction in QHCs because it eschews matters of titles and identities. We develop such a model in which the QHC is represented as a process of generating four types of value: research value, market value, political value, and societal value. We then apply this processual model in analysing real-life cases of friction in QHCs. Friction is seen, not as an interpersonal clash, but as a discrepancy between two or more value-creation processes that compete for limited resources (some over-performing while others under-performing).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-889
Number of pages14
JournalScience and public policy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


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