Title: An action research approach: the actualisation of the three statutory tasks: education, research and development, and regional development

Authors: Rauno Pirinen

Addresses: Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vanha maantie 9, Espoo FI-0260, Finland

Abstract: Higher education institutions are traditionally seen as producers of new scientific and practical knowledge and technology. However, a repositioning is taking place due to cooperation in value networks, co-created innovations, the contributions of lead innovations and regional development that has an impact on social and global improvement. Currently, new forms of action, integration and collaboration are required for the creation of innovation in services, technology, the economy and society. This study presents the two action research cycles that address regional development within Laurea University of Applied Sciences. Both cycles include an evaluation by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council. The aim of the actualisation is to continuously integrate the three statutory tasks of universities of applied sciences: education, research and development, and regional development.

Keywords: action research; higher education; innovation; regional development; research and development; R&D; transformations; Finland; universities; applied sciences; value networks; co-creation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2012.045142

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2012 Vol.4 No.1, pp.79 - 95

Published online: 23 Aug 2014 *

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