The Tale Behind the Triple Helix: An Interview with Professor Henry Etzkowitz


  • Tara Iyer Stanford University


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This interview is a dialogue that covers Professor Etzkowitz's origination of the concepts of Triple Helix and the Entrepreneurial University. 

Professor Henry Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the "Entrepreneurial University" and "Triple Helix" concepts that link universities with industry and government at national and regional levels. He serves as the President of the Triple Helix Association (a unique international network of several hundred scholars and practitioners of university-industry-government relations) and is the cofounder of the Triple Helix International Conference Series, which has produced a series of books, special journal issues, and policy analyses since it started in Amsterdam in 1996.

Professor Etzkowitz is currently a Senior Researcher at the H-STAR Institute at Stanford University and Visiting Professor at the School of Management of Birkbeck College at London University and Edinburgh University Business School. Prior to coming to Stanford, he held the Chair in Management of Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School in the UK and served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University.

Professor Etzkowitz has authored numerous publications and books, including Triple Helix: University-Industry-Government Innovation in Action and MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science. He also coauthored Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology, Public Venture Capital, and Universities and the Commercialization of Knowledge: New Dimensions for the 21st Century (biographical sketch adapted from