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Relational Capital for Shared Vision in Innovation Ecosystems

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages36
JournalTriple Helix: A Journal of University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This paper provides a multiscopic view of the relationship profiles of businesses in three selected urban innovation ecosystems. With the Triple Helix framework, the ecosystem perspective and with shared vision for transformation initiatives, we explore relationships as structure in the metropolitan areas of Austin, TX, Minneapolis, MN, and Paris, France. Network metrics are interpreted as relationship indicators; and network visualizations reveal existing relationships and distinct patterns that structure the business ecosystems in each geographic area at the enterprise, growth and startup levels. We illustrate that relationship indicators and their visualization can be valuable resources for quantitatively and qualitatively understanding and analyzing the complexities of engagement, agility, structural cohesion, vitality, embeddedness, and linking factors in innovation ecosystems. Furthermore, these indicators highlight opportunities for the development of shared vision through interventions and network orchestration.


  • Ecosystem, Networks, Innovation, Business, Metropolitan, Relationships, Visualization

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Field of science, Statistics Finland