The purpose of this study is to understand the effects of public policies and institutional support in the development of the wine industry of Argentina. It is concerned principally with understanding how interaction and coordination among actors within this sector aids the developments of this industry. It relies upon the Triple Helix approach of university /research-industry-government interaction to compare and examine the institutional arrangements in the wine industry of three Argentine provinces and at the national level. It finds that this approach is useful for understanding the institutional foundation for innovation, knowledge diffusion, and economic success; however, it struggles to explain how different actors make sense of coordination and how the latter is achieved. This study demonstrates that it is necessary to first build a sense of collaboration and coordination among the relevant institutional spheres to reproduce a Triple Helix framework in practise.
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Thesis advisor: Hira, Anil
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