Gripen, an advanced fighter system
The world renown Gripen project was initially created as a result of a synergy between university, industry and government. Known as the ‘triple helix’ this model has long been employed by Saab to ensure highly sophisticated technological advancement.
Eva Söderström, Head of Industrial Cooperation, explains, “This has existed for many years in Sweden, although at the time it was not known as the ‘Triple Helix’ – it was a model we used: academia, industry and a governmental body. We did this to develop the Gripen program and we did it because it worked.” Söderström makes a simple point that can sometimes get lost when talking of management models “It worked.” The Triple Helix is certainly far from a conceptual idea at Saab but rather it is a working method.
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