Double stitching the triple helix: Connecting Logistics Hotspots and Regional Logistics Ecosystems to the Dutch Topsector Logistics 2050 ambition and 2020-2023 action agenda
About The Publication
Purpose – The purpose of this research paper is 1) to analyze Logistics Hotspots and Regional Logistics Ecosystems in the Netherlands and 2) investigate how the Logistics Hotspot Port of Twente can double stitch the triple helix approach to 2a) develop its Regional Logistics Ecosystem and 2b) align its business plan with the 2050 ambition and the action agenda for 2020-2023 of the Dutch Topsector Logistics.
Design/methodology/approach – The methodological approach undertaken in this study is based on a literature review, desk research, data from the annual rankings of Dutch Logistics Hotspots, the framework for Regional Logistics Ecosystems, interviews with 12 board members and 33 members of Port of Twente and design workshops with 25 community members of Port of Twente.
Results/findings – Contrasting the extensive literature about business ecosystems, little scientific literature is available about Logistics Hotspots and Regional Logistics Ecosystems. Based on available data from the annual rankings of 28 Logistics Hotspots in the Netherlands, 27 Regional Logistics Ecosystems are identified, analyzed and classified as business-, innovation-, entrepreneurial- and/or knowledge ecosystem. More specific, Port of Twente is analyzed based on the framework for Regional Logistics Ecosystems and action agenda for 2020-2023 of the Topsector Logistics. The insights are embedded in the business development plan of Port of Twente and a technology roadmap is created based on the clustering of 17 innovation projects as a starting point to establish a learning community.
Research limitations/implications – The desk research is based on published rankings and available materials from websites. Due to the absence of public available research data and practical constraints, the classification of ecosystems is based on 4 main types of ecosystems. Further empirical research can be conducted based on the theoretical framework of Scaringella and Radziwon to map the logistics innovation system in the Netherlands.
Practical implications – The business development plan and technology roadmap provides Port of Twente a starting point for further development. In a broader sense, the results of this study provide important insights, recommendations and guidance to connect Logistics Hotspots and Regional Logistics Ecosystems to the Topsector Logistics 2050 ambition and action agenda for 2020-2023.
Originality/value – The study contributes to better understanding of Logistics Hotspots and Regional Logistics Ecosystems in the Netherlands. The work presented here provides one of the first investigations about the alignment of the Dutch Topsector Logistics 2050 ambition and action agenda for 2020-2023 with Logistics Hotspots and Regional Logistics Ecosystems utilizing insights from both science and industry. The contents of this work are considered valuable for policy makers, logistics entrepreneurs, researchers active in triple helix projects and professionals responsible for strategy and technology development in Logistics Hotspots and Regional Logistics Ecosystems.