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FIRMS’ RATIONALES FOR INTERACTION WITH RESEARCHUNIVERSITIES: the principles for public co-funding
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Economics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0820-2769
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

R&D managers at 50 firms randomly selected from all firms who have formal relations withtwo research universities in Stockholm are being interviewed about their rationales forcollaboration. Drawing on this material, a distinctive typology of rationales and the therewithassociated effects from cooperative relations is presented. As expected, rationales related toinnovation, in terms of invented or improved products or processes, are found to be themain drivers for interaction. As regards the nature of the innovation process leading toinnovation, most respondents indicate that “indirect” relationships between collaborationoutcomes and successful innovation dominate over “direct” appropriation of results.Contrasting open ended search rationales with pursuit of defined objectives, we find thatboth types are strongly represented among the studied collaborative linkages. We also findthat interaction rationales often go beyond the pursuit of innovation per se; firms also workwith university researchers to access academic networks, to develop its human capital and torealise direct business opportunities. The consequences of these findings for policy measuressteered towards the strengthening of collaborative university-industry linkages are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CESIS, KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2008. , 23 p.
Series
CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation, 115
Keyword [en]
Research universities, public co-funding, firms, R&D, innovation, academic networks, human capital
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-72442OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-72442DiVA: diva2:487617
Note
QC 20120208Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-02-08Bibliographically approved

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