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A research into a synergistic public-private partnership for the Amsterdam Life Sciences District

Uijttenboogaard, M. (2023) A research into a synergistic public-private partnership for the Amsterdam Life Sciences District.

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Abstract:The Amsterdam Life Sciences District (ALSD) serves as a thriving ecosystem for health-tech innovation and entrepreneurship, fostering collaboration between businesses, research, and patient care. It is appointed by the municipality of Amsterdam as an area that has the potential to grow into an innovation district. It houses a diverse mix of knowledge institutions and life sciences and health sector businesses. The main stakeholders in the ALSD include the municipality of Amsterdam, the AUMC and real estate developers. The different public and private parties already work together to some extent, but an opportunity lies in establishing an overarching organisation. An effective governance structure would primarily stimulate the network assets in the district. The research objective of this research is to analyse the interests and collaboration dynamics of public and private parties within the ALSD to provide recommendations regarding a synergistic public-private partnership (PPP) for the ALSD. This research focuses not on the entirety of a governance structure but on one specific aspect namely the relation between the interests of the stakeholders and a synergistic PPP. A partnership brings together diverse stakeholders, enabling them to leverage their strengths and resources to drive collaboration, economic growth and innovation. Innovation districts benefit from the support, leadership, and financial backing of both the public and private sectors. In a PPP synergistic results can occur that create added value and maximize the collective impact. Overall, the methodology of this research consisted of conducting a field study to gather practical data, comparing the outcomes with existing literature, and providing recommendations informed by both the literature and the observed practices. It was found that the collaboration dynamics in the ALSD align with some of the successful factors and challenges identified in the literature on PPPs. The recognition of mutual goals and seeking public support are positive aspects that align with successful factors. However, the presence of differing interests, the need for clearer coordination, and the unique challenges of strategic location management and tenant exploration options present areas for improvement. The collaboration in the ALSD currently faces challenges due to the absence of a mutual goal and clear, jointly undertaken actions. Differences in interests, visions, and risk perceptions among the parties hinder progress. Financial difficulties and lengthy processes also contribute to the existing challenges. However, also benefits are observed in for example knowledge distribution. The level of steering and desired collaboration agreements are unclear, and private entities may feel unheard or perceive a lack of genuine interest in collaboration from the public sector. Overall, the formation and effective operation of a synergistic public-private partnership in the ALSD are currently hindered by differing interests among stakeholders. Addressing these challenges and fostering a more supportive collaborative environment can enhance the potential for a synergistic PPP
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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