Ivey Publishing
TEC Edmonton and TusStar Joint Innovation: An Entrepreneurial Match?
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Revised Date:
04/23/2020 (Data)
9 pages (7 pages of text)
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Case (Pub Mat)
In 2017, the successful Canadian innovation center TEC Edmonton initiated a joint venture with TusStar, an important Chinese accelerator, and found itself in the middle of a debate about the challenges and opportunities of Chinese investment in Canada’s technology sector. Both organizations were unique collaborations among industry, academia, and government. This joint initiative had added significance because of the implications for these stakeholders. The role of government was also significant, especially regarding the role of the Chinese government in innovation. The partnership was also nationally significant because of the important roles TEC Edmonton and TusStar played in the innovation ecosystems in Canada and China. How could TEC Edmonton define its role underpinning its relationship with TusStar and the Chinese government and make a compelling case for this new cooperation to stakeholders in industry, academia, and government?
Learning Objective:
This case can be used in undergraduate-level courses on international business, business economics and public policy, entrepreneurship, innovation, or strategic management. Students will explore the new phenomenon of innovation collaboration between China and Canada, and understand the dynamics of a new type of government-led cooperation versus entrepreneur-led cooperation. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will also be able to do the following:
  • Gain an understanding of potential issues raised by collaboration.
  • Understand the role of government in promoting innovation in universities and within industries.
  • Discover how an industry partner can shape their role within the relationship between universities and the government.
  • Explore what implications there would be to the role of private companies if government-led investment cooperation increases in the future.
General Management/Strategy,  Entrepreneurship,  International
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Canada; China, Small, 2017
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