Firms’ Rationales for Interaction with Research Universities and the Principles for Public Co-Funding
Posted: 16 Jul 2010
Date Written: July 14, 2010
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.
Keywords: University-industry interaction, Rationales, Research universities, R&D collaboration, Public research funding
JEL Classification: O32, O33, O38
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