Developing Universities: The Evolving Role of Academic Institutions in Denmark

  • Birgitte Gregersen
  • Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen
Part of the Insight and Innovation in International Development book series (IIID)


From a traditional economic point of view, it may seem as a paradox that a small country (5.5 million inhabitants) with high wages, high taxes, a large public sector, a relatively low level of R&D activity, and a relatively low proportion of people with a higher education in science and technology has been able to stay relatively competitive and rich for decades. Especially two interrelated explanations have been put forward in recent studies of the Danish National System of Innovation (Lundvall 2002b; Christensen et al. 2008).


European Union Academic Institution Intellectual Property Right Danish Case Societal Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birgitte Gregersen
    • 1
  • Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen
  1. 1.Department of Business StudiesAalborg UniversityDenmark

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