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The required specifications of a fourth-generation university to shape innovation district under anchor approach: a meta-synthesis analysis using text mining

Amir Asgari (Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU), Tehran, Iran)
Ali Khorsandi Taskoh (Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU), Tehran, Iran)
Saeed Ghiasi Nodooshan (Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU), Tehran, Iran)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 4 March 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to introduce a conceptual model for the shaping of the innovation district under the anchor approach by extracting the specifications of the fourth-generation university.

Design/methodology/approach

This study selected 550 resources and reduced them to 190 to achieve the most appropriate resources. This study used a meta-synthesis analysis approach using a text-mining method due to the multidisciplinary and voluminous nature of contents.

Findings

The results first reveal the shaping process and the components of innovation districts, which are: innovational urban infrastructures, knowledge economy and competitiveness and academic development. Second, this study also shows the specifications of a fourth-generation university to shape innovation districts.

Practical implications

This study also informs the policymakers and researchers internationally about the implementation requirements of a fourth-generation university and the shaping mechanisms of an innovation district.

Originality/value

This paper is pioneer about two concepts, first, it shows the shaping process of an innovation district, providing a large-scale insight about the components and second, this illustrates for the first time the specifications of a fourth-generation University practically as an anchor institute to shape innovation district.

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Acknowledgements

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors. The authors thank the Editor-in-Chief and anonymous referees for their invaluable comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.

Citation

Asgari, A., Khorsandi Taskoh, A. and Ghiasi Nodooshan, S. (2021), "The required specifications of a fourth-generation university to shape innovation district under anchor approach: a meta-synthesis analysis using text mining", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-10-2020-0193

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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