Firms’ Rationales for Interaction with Research Universities and the Principles for Public Co-Funding

Posted: 16 Jul 2010

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Anders Broström

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH); Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Center of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

Date Written: July 14, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Broström, Anders, Firms’ Rationales for Interaction with Research Universities and the Principles for Public Co-Funding (July 14, 2010). Journal of Technology Transfer, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1640344

Anders Broström (Contact Author)

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) ( email )

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Stockholm, SE-100 44
Sweden

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Center of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies ( email )

Drottning Kristinas väg 30
Stockholm, SE-100 44
Sweden

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