WP4.2 – Triple-Helix Training Preparation and Implementation Strategy

CTCC – CREATIVE TRADITIONAL COMPANIES COOPERATION

Within the framework of the South Baltic Programme 2014–2020 (ERDF part-financed), 3rd Call

To achieve the most successful and sustainable result in a project, the Triple-Helix Training informs provides information on the strategy of how companies within the CTCC-project were divided into interdisciplinary groups. The concept of Triple-Helix is introduced as an analytical framework that synthesizes the key features of Triple-Helix interactions into an ‘innovation system’ format, defined according to the systems theory as a set of components, relationships, and functions. The relationships between components are synthesized into five main types: technology transfer, collaboration and conflict moderation, collaborative leadership, substitution, and networking.

The overall function of Triple-Helix systems of knowledge and innovation generation, diffusion and use is realized through a set of activities because companies tend to be stuck in structures, routines, and the mindset it is highly recommended to work together with people from other disciplines in order to widen the horizon and get new perspectives. Therefore, the group work within the CTCC project is done in interdisciplinary teams. Each group should not be larger than 30 SMEs and these should differ in the sector, matching the need, and the country, so that the cross-border character is given. 

Working together in interdisciplinary teams with different company sizes, languages, and fields of action is highly valuable. Working together with different people is not only an opportunity but also a challenge. These groups train their skills in online and physical training. Especially the workshop “Design Thinking”, which is a very user-oriented methodology of working with groups, improves the group skills by the following six working phases: Understanding, Reseach, Define, Ideate, Developing Prototype, and Test.