Creating Levers of Management: Project Management as an Instigator of Value Creation in Different Stages of University-Industry Collaborations

22 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2012

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Christian Nielsen

Aalborg University Business School

Jesper Sort

Aalborg University - Center for Research Excellence in Business modelS

Martin Bentsen

Aalborg University - Department of Business and Management

Date Written: December 21, 2012

Abstract

This paper reports a longitudinal multi-case research project encompassing 72 semi-structured interviews carried out in 2011 and 2012. The interviews covered topics of the collaboration type, the initiation of the collaboration and details concerning the planning of the collaborations. In addition the interviews focused on the relationships between the people involved and as such also on the effects of project management. We distinguish between project management success and project success and try to identify best practices according to which dimensions such practices must distinguish themselves from non-best practices. The paper concludes that whereas project management success was not found to be causally related to project success, there seems to be a clearer link between project management success and to ensuring effective use of resources in both companies and universities. There is also evidence to the fact that it is problematic when corporate managers think they can run research projects like lean-based production companies.

Keywords: University-industry collaboration, project management, project success, value creation

JEL Classification: L33, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Nielsen, Christian and Sort, Jesper and Bentsen, Martin, Creating Levers of Management: Project Management as an Instigator of Value Creation in Different Stages of University-Industry Collaborations (December 21, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192349 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2192349

Christian Nielsen (Contact Author)

Aalborg University Business School ( email )

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Denmark

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Jesper Sort

Aalborg University - Center for Research Excellence in Business modelS ( email )

Fredrik Bajers Vej 5
East Aalborg, 9220
Denmark

Martin Bentsen

Aalborg University - Department of Business and Management ( email )

Aalborg, DK-9220
Denmark

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