Innovation in Developing and Transition Countries
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Innovation in Developing and Transition Countries

Edited by Alexandra Tsvetkova, Jana Schmutzler, Marcela Suarez and Alessandra Faggian

This edited volume offers a multidisciplinary perspective on innovation challenges and innovative practices in the context of developing and transition countries. The contributions mostly embrace a national innovation system approach in an attempt to understand innovation processes and their implications at both macro and micro levels.
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Chapter 10: The developmental university in emerging innovation systems: the case of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Bolivia

Carlos Gonzalo Acevedo Peña, Walter Mauricio Hernán Céspedes Quiroga and José Eduardo Zambrana Montán


This chapter presents a case of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) where pro-active institutional efforts have shaped the collaborative dynamics characteristic of a ‘developmental university’. The chapter offers empirical insights into the public universities’ competency in emerging inclusive innovation systems within a context of low market demand for knowledge, in Bolivia. The chapter is a result of participatory action research performed within UMSS’s technology transfer office. It describes the role of this university unit as an innovation intermediary and manager, which developed co-evolutionary approaches of collaboration linking the university with the industry, government, and other stakeholders and shaping the science, technology and innovation agenda within the university, regionally and nationally.

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