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Firms' rationales for interaction with research universities and the principles for public co-funding
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Economics. (Nationalekonnomi)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0820-2769
2012 (English)In: Journal of Technology Transfer, ISSN 0892-9912, E-ISSN 1573-7047, Vol. 37, no 3, 313-329 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

R&D managers at 50 firms who have formal relations with two research universities in Stockholm are interviewed about their rationales for collaboration. Drawing on this material, a distinctive typology of rationales for establishing cooperative relations is presented. While the typology demonstrates a considerable breadth of interaction rationales, rationales related to innovation, in terms of invented or improved products or processes, are found to be the main drivers for interaction. Based on this framework, we analyse which rationales for interaction are consistent with public rationales for supporting university-industry relationships. Public co-funding that allow firms to influence (part of) the academic agenda is identified as a particularly interesting case that requires further theoretical attention.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 37, no 3, 313-329 p.
Keyword [en]
Public research funding, R&D collaboration, Rationales, Research universities, University-industry interaction
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Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10704DOI: 10.1007/s10961-010-9177-4ISI: 000303480700004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79957749442OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10704DiVA: diva2:228005
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QC 20120531Available from: 2009-07-22 Created: 2009-07-13 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Strategists and Academics: Essays on interaction in R&D
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategists and Academics: Essays on interaction in R&D
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis consists of five self-contained essays on interaction in R&D between university researchers and private firms. Together, these essays explore the conditions under which private firms benefit from spillovers from publicly funded and organised research. From the first essay, which sets out to empirically validate the theoretical arguments about the benefits of university-industry interaction for private firms, the thesis follows a line of pursuit that goes back and forth between exploration of the different benefits that firms enjoy from university interaction and the relationships between these benefits and the conditions of interaction. In essay II, a typology of rationales for establishing cooperative relations is presented. A considerable breadth of interaction rationales is documented, but on closer examination, a “core” set of rationales related to innovation in terms of invented or improved products or processes are found to be the main drivers of interaction. Developing this view, three critical issues previously studied within innovation economics are re-considered from the point of view of firm rationales for interaction; public co-funding of university-firm interaction (essay II), the role of geographic proximity for interaction on R&D (essay III) and the organisation of public sector research (public research institutes and universities) in relation to firm level competences (essay IV). In a fifth essay, four ideal types of strategy for localised interaction between R&D subsidiaries and universities are proposed. Through the framework developed in this essay, the rationales for interaction are related to the overall R&D strategy of multinational firms. Concluding the thesis, it is discussed how the research presented herein opens up for improved theorizing around the roles of academic research for industrial innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2009. 25 p.
Series
Trita-TEC-PHD, ISSN 1653-4468 ; 09:003
Keyword
public research, spillovers, university-industry, innovation, R&D interaction, rationales for interaction, geographic proximity, R&D strategy
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10259 (URN)978-91-85539-40-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-06-04, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 23, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20100706Available from: 2009-05-18 Created: 2009-04-24 Last updated: 2011-11-09Bibliographically approved

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