Title: From university-industry interfaces to the making of a science park: Florianópolis, Southern Brazil

Authors: Regis Cabral

Addresses: Innovation Relay Center Northern Sweden (a program funded by the European Commission - Directorate General DG XIII -Telecommunications, Information Market and Exploitation of Research); and Uminova Center, Umeå University, S-90187 Umeå, Sweden

Abstract: The Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Southern Brazil, has made a substantial effort to link with the productive sector, culminating in the construction of the science park, Park Alfa. This process, led by the CERTI Foundation, is analysed with a combination of network and transaction theories. As a result, a new definition of innovation and, correspondingly, of science park is arrived at. The development of the science park is discussed against the geographical and historical background of the region and the evolution of the University. Recommendations are made on how to improve an already satisfactory pattern of university-industry relations, taking into account the Cabral-Dahab Science Park Management Paradigm.

Keywords: science parks; information technology; developing countries; small firms; science-based industry; research and development management; Florianópolis; Brazil; evaluation; university-industry relations; technology transfer; Cabral-Dahab Paradigm.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1998.094052

International Journal of Technology Management, 1998 Vol.16 No.8, pp.778 - 799

Available online: 13 Aug 2018 *

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