A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Innovation platforms as a solution to the proximity paradox

Publication Details
Authors: Parjanen Satu, Hyypiä Mirva
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: European Planning Studies
Volume number: 26
Issue number: 7
Start page: 1312
End page: 1329
Number of pages: 18
ISSN: 0965-4313
eISSN: 1469-5944
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


The paper studies what kind of proximities and distances can be found in complex innovation environments. Case-study methods were used, with the research strategy building on experiences of creating a regional innovation platform aimed at development of new models for collaborative co-operation between the private, public and third sector in the context of physical-activity promotion. Building the innovation platform brought various proximities and distances between actors into focus. Distances may explain why some of the actions have not been successful or why some actions involved should be repeated several times. However, this study also highlights the role of distances as sources of various innovation. Distances and proximities are not static, and they could be exploited from a position of knowledge.

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