Prof. Robert Braun participated in the second workshop of a series at the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation in Berlin in order to contribute to the development of quadruple helix research and innovation models.
New configurations are emerging in research and innovation with actors previously left out of triple helix collaboration becoming involved in a wide variety of ways. Organized civil society organizations, informal user groups, and newly emerging hybrid organizations are getting involved in the definition of priorities and creation of solutions that was previously left to industry, researchers and government agencies. These new patterns of collaboration have been dubbed ‘quadruple helix’ innovation. By relying on the involvement of civil society, such new configurations can spark creativity, make closer connections between innovation supply and demand, and accelerate innovation oriented to the grand challenges of our time. Quadruple helix processes are multi-modal, multi-nodal, multi-lateral and multi-level and as such evolve along highly non-linear pathways. To harness quadruple helix innovation for European prosperity demands learning both at the level of practice and the level of policy.
This workshop, with a wide range of participants from Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria discussed, possible avenues of cooperation, theories and cases of quadruple-helix innovation and the potential of developing adequate governance models to assist the further emergence of such innovation practices.
As for Prof. Braun and Lauder Business School the participation and involvement in the quadruple helix innovation network provides an opportunity to deepen knowledge about different responsible research and innovation constellations and their application in teaching and specific course curricula.