Bridgework ahead! Innovation ecosystems vis-à-vis responsible innovation

Rider Foley, Arnim Wiek

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Public funding agencies largely support academic research as an effort to stimulate future product commercialization and foster broader societal benefits. Yet, translating research nurtured in academic settings into such outcomes is complex and demands functional interactions between government, academic, and industry, i.e., “triple helix,” organizations within an innovation ecosystem. This article argues that in the spirit of responsible innovation, research funding should build bridges that extend beyond the triple helix stakeholders to connect to peripheral organizations. To support that argument, evidence from agent network analysis gathered from two case studies reveals strong and weak connections, as well as gaps within innovation ecosystems in Switzerland and metropolitan Phoenix, USA. This article offers insights on how innovation ecosystems are aligned or misaligned with responsible innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number83
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Boundary spanning
  • Emerging technologies
  • Innovation ecosystem
  • Nanotechnology
  • Responsible innovation
  • Shared learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Modeling and Simulation


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