El papel de la proximidad en el desarrollo de un sistema de innovación interregional

Translated title of the contribution: The Role of Proximity in Developing an Inter-Regional Innovation System

Mandy Lalrindiki, Bill O'Gorman

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While most innovation collaboration projects consist of partners who are located at close proximity, recent literature has explored the development of innovation collaboration in the context of non-spatial proximity. Using a longitudinal mixed methods design, this article explores the inter-regional collaboration of triple helix partners from four non-contiguous European regions (Bucharest-Ilfov, Romania; Central Hungary, Hungary; Castilla-La Mancha, Spain; and South East, Ireland) which worked together to develop an inter-regional innovation system. The results from the study identified three non-spatial forms of proximity (social, cognitive and organisational) that were key determinants for developing the successful inter- regional innovation collaboration studied in this research. Based on the findings derived from this research, an inter-regional innovation system framework was developed to facilitate collaboration between stakeholders based in non-contiguous regions without them having to depend on geographical proximity. The major contributions of this research to theory and practice are the development of a novel framework for inter-regional innovation systems (iRIS) which can be applied by stakeholders in regions that want to collaborate from a distance. Furthermore, the research suggests that the substitution mechanism of geographical proximity consists of not just one non-spatial form, but it consists of the three non-spatial forms identified in this research.

Translated title of the contributionThe Role of Proximity in Developing an Inter-Regional Innovation System
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)534-577
Number of pages44
JournalTriple Helix
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Collaboration
  • Inter-regional innovation system
  • Longitudinal study
  • Proximity
  • Triple Helix actors


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