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Introducing ethical theory to the triple helix model: supererogatory acts in crisis innovation

James, Steffan, Liu, Zhen, White, Gareth R. T. and Samuel, Anthony ORCID: 2023. Introducing ethical theory to the triple helix model: supererogatory acts in crisis innovation. Technovation 126 , 102832. 10.1016/j.technovation.2023.102832

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Triple Helix has been widely discussed as a means of enabling innovation and economic development. Yet, despite the presence of a considerable corpus of literature, little is known about its functioning during times of crisis and the ethical dimensions of the relationships between the individuals of which it is comprised. This study addresses this gap through examining the interoperation of university, industry and government to respond to a social and economic emergency. Drawing upon the ethical theory of supererogation and evidence from three projects to innovate and develop medical devices, the paper makes important observations. First, the interoperation of Triple Helix appears perdurable under crisis conditions. Second, the micro-relations between individual actors enabled the ideation of new devices, the identification of resources and the minimisation of bureaucratic obstacles. Third, the micro-relational behaviours manifested as supererogatory acts between individuals. Collectively, these findings contribute to our understanding of Triple Helix beyond steady-state conditions and introduces an ethic-theoretical dimension to its examination that characterizes the nature of micro-relations between institutional actors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0166-4972
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 July 2023
Date of Acceptance: 28 July 2023
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2024 11:20

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