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The Occupational Mandate of an Innovation Intermediary: Influencing Innovation in the Digital Space

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posted on 21.01.2022, 10:23 authored by Nick CliftonNick Clifton, John BarkerJohn Barker, Gareth LoudonGareth Loudon
It has long been accepted that innovative capacity plays a key role in long-term economic
prosperity (Krugman 1997; Moretti, 2012); it is also widely acknowledged that the outcomes
of knowledge-based activity are becoming spatially more polarised (Florida, 2005; McCann,
2008; Glaeser, 2011). This study investigates how an innovation intermediary - an
organisation whose remit is to broker relationships between “seekers” (of challenges or
problems, typically larger firms) and the “providers” (of ideas and potential solutions, SMEs,
freelancers, universities) in a “matchmaking” process. Moreover, the influence of these
innovation intermediaries is less understood in peripheral economies like Wales (the context
for this study) where the focus is typically on the direct technological outputs of SMEs, rather
than their potential contribution as facilitators of the innovation journey of their clients
(Morgan et al, 2020; Clifton et al, 2020)

Funding

European Social Fund KESS II Scholarships, project CMK210

History

Presented at

ISBE 2021 conference, October 27-29, Cardiff UK

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Clifton, N., Barker, J. & Loudon, G. (2021) 'The Occupational Mandate of an Innovation Intermediary: Influencing Innovation in the Digital Space', ISBE 2021 Conference, October 27-29, Cardiff UK

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff Met Authors

John Barker Nick Clifton Gareth Loudon

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Welsh Centre for Business and Management Research

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

Language

en