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Valuecreationinindustrysponsoreduniversitycompetitions: AcasestudyofCollaborativeUniversityCompetitions--‐participantsperspective
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 41 p.
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-147694OAI: diva2:731826
Available from: 2014-07-02 Created: 2014-07-02 Last updated: 2014-07-02Bibliographically approved

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