Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE credits
Today universities have taken on a “thirdmission”, besides teaching and research. The universities as knowledge producers have taken a larger role in the economic development and there is an entrepreneurial academic trend going on. In this paper we
will go deeper in to one type of these entrepreneurial activities of the university: industry sponsored university competitions. The aim is to investigate value generated for participants. This is done through a case study of Collaborative University Competitions (CUC) and our research question is therefore: What type of value is created,if any, and how is it created for theuniversity participants in a Collaborative University Competition? To answer this question the qualitative study was conducted. It consisted of literature review on related topics, ata collection through semi structured interviews of the Lund university participants, and qualitative data analysis with the help of reviewed literature.
Our findings suggest that the participants in a CUC
receive different values such as financial, social, organizational and intrinsic. When we
investigated how this value is created three main categories were found: collaborative
activities, individual activities (for example individual work, weekly meetings), and other factors such as having a third party arranging the competition and team structure.
Understanding what type of value that is created and which activities contribute to its creation gives a better understanding of how to manage barriers when the university collaborates with the industry. Our findings can help other universities that want to engage in similar competitions to understand what value they may get. Also, the findings can be used by the university, industrial company or intermediary organization to organize the industry sponsored university competitions that create value for university participants, not only the company.
2014. , 41 p.