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Garbade P.J.P.,Food Valley Organization | Omta S.W.F.,Wageningen University | Fortuin F.T.J.M.,Food Valley Organization | Hall R.,Center for BioSystems Genomics | And 2 more authors.
NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences | Year: 2013

The present paper aims to address the impact of the product generation life cycle (PGLC) on knowledge valorization in public private research partnerships (PPRPs). Data were collected from participants in the Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG), a Dutch PPRP program in the plant breeding sector. In total, 15 commercial partners participated in the study, 7 with a relatively short PGLC of 5 to 6 years, active in the tomato sector, and 8 potato partners, having a very long PGLC of up to 25 years. The results show a clear relationship between CBSG's valorization support activities and the level of knowledge utilization by the participants, although the preferred type of support activities differs between the potato and tomato companies. Firms with a long PGLC, having a higher complicacy of the R&D process, require more basic research support and extra communication tools that help to bridge the gaps caused by the long duration of the development process. Companies with short PGLCs, being challenged to keep development time of new products as short as possible in order not to miss out on market opportunities, value the PPRP most for the networking possibilities and as provider of the latest technological developments. © 2013 Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Batterink M.H.,Wageningen University | Wubben E.F.M.,Food Valley Organization | Klerkx L.,Wageningen University | Omta S.W.F.,Food Valley Organization
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development | Year: 2010

This explorative study of network orchestration processes conducted by innovation brokers addresses new issues in bridging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and research institutes in innovation networks. The study includes four in-depth case studies in the agri-food sector from different countries: the Netherlands, Germany and France. A guiding research question is how innovation brokers successfully orchestrate innovation networks of SMEs. Based on literature research and cases, we conclude that the innovation broker may have great added value for innovation networks with divergent organizations, especially when the innovation broker takes the lead in three network orchestration functions: innovation initiation, network composition and innovation process management. In addition, the case findings offer best practices of innovation brokers for these orchestration processes. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

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