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Learning by doing in university-industry interactions
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS. KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Samhällsekonomi.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0820-2769
2011 (English)In: DRUID 2011, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Since the contribution of Cohen et al. (2002), it is well established that linkages between firms andpublic research organisations (PROs) serve purposes of both suggesting new R&D projects andcompleting existing projects. However, the extant literature has little to say about whether these twotypes of outcomes are linked or independent effects. This paper examines how a firm’s ability toabsorb useful impulses to new R&D projects from interaction with public research organisationsdepends on how and how well the firm is able to utilise such linkages in project completion. Ananalysis of Swedish firms suggests that interaction provides impulses to further R&D primarily whenit is successfully linked to achieving objectives in ongoing R&D projects of the firm. However,linkages which are focused on contributions to short-term projects are less likely to generate usefulimpulses. Moreover, not only are linkages which support both long-term and short-term objectivesbetter than linkages which solely serve short-term objectives; firm-PRO linkages in which short-termobjectives play a less accented role are most likely to facilitate valuable impulses to further R&D andinnovation.

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Keyword [en]
university-industry; externalities from public research; impulses to innovation
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Economics and Business
Research subject
SRA - Transport
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-47437OAI: diva2:455289
INNOVATION, STRATEGY, and STRUCTURE - Organizations, Institutions, Systems and Regions. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. June 15-17, 2011
TrenOp, Transport Research Environment with Novel Perspectives
QC 20111109Available from: 2011-11-09 Created: 2011-11-09 Last updated: 2011-11-09Bibliographically approved

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