Firms, Universities, and Governmental Agencies in the Context of the Innovation System of the Thai Food Processing Industry

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Phakpoom Tippakoon


This article discusses the roles and functioning of firms, universities, and governmental agencies in the context of the innovation system in the Thai food processing industry. It also analyses the effects on innovation of knowledge interactions between firms and universities and between firms and governmental agencies. It is held that there are still some weaknesses in firms, universities, and governmental agencies that can potentially limit the upgrading of the food innovation system. Notably, interaction and exchange of knowledge among these organisations is relatively low and not sufficiently effective to enhance the innovativeness of food processing firms. It is argued that the current Thai food processing innovation system is not adequately conducive to interactive learning that leads to the enhancement of innovation.  


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