Module 8: Forms of cooperation in the innovation system


Participants are introduced to different forms of cooperation (national and global) and the most common coop-eration models in the innovation system. This includes an in-depth discussion of the advantages and disadvan-tages of (transnational) cooperations and introduces good practices.


  • Knowledge exchange as a success factor of cooperations in the innovation system (internationalization of knowledge exchange) and practical problems of cooperations
  • Explanation of different forms of cooperation (of science and industry, industry and industry and science and science), in general and based on examples 
  • Introduction of different models of cooperation (good practices, e.g. joint laboratories, research joint ventures, communities of practice etc)
  • Consideration of further features of research cooperations (teams of R&D cooperations, asymmetries between cooperation partners, role of IPRs)
  • Coordination processes of cooperations in the innovation system: which actors fulfill coordinating roles and in which way, trajectories of cooperations, the coordinating role of bottom-up and top-down initiated innovation networks and the description of different coordination processes in the form of good practices.

The module describes common forms of cooperations in the innovation system. Furthermore, measures which influence the willingness to cooperate (policy instruments) are introduced and illustrated based on examples. The advantages and disadvantages of cooperations are described and potentially relevant points of friction are indicated. The module draws on the theoretical and practical knowledge of researchers at the Fraunhofer ISI and conveys demand-oriented knowledge complemented by practical examples.




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