A wider perspective on research utilisation at technical universities in Sweden
2013 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
There is an ongoing discussion concerning how academic research is utilized in industry and society and how this can be measured and encouraged through performance based resource allocation. In Sweden, this discussion also concerns the professor’s privilege, meaning that much of the utilization activity can occur without the knowl-edge of the administration and management of their universities.This study has been conducted with the aim of get-ting an insight into and describing the research utiliza-tion activity at technical universities in Sweden. The study has been conducted through interviews with researchers at 20 different research divisions in the field of energy at two universities in the Stockholm region.The study shows that there is an overall high level of collaborative aand entrepreneurial activity in the divisions, but that large variations are evident. The dif-ferences between the research divisions’ potential and willingness to utilize research in industry and society depend both on technological conditions and personal preferences. Divisions that lack high levels of indus-trial collaborations and entrepreneurial activity have shown higher levels of collaborations with governmental agencies.The results also show that performance indicators such as patents and business start-ups do not apply well to all research divisions. These indicators only reflect commercialization aspects and therefore only show part of the utilization activity for certain types of research divisions.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185142OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-185142DiVA: diva2:918376
NFF Conference, Reykjavik
QC 201604212016-04-112016-04-112016-04-21Bibliographically approved