From Traditional to Modern Universities: The Ambiguousness of Researcher Incentives in a University-Industry Collaboration Perspective

15 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2012

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Anja Nielsen

Center for Research Excellence in Business modelS

Jesper Sort

Aalborg University - Center for Research Excellence in Business modelS

Christian Nielsen

Aalborg University Business School

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 between university and industry, why they were engaged, who benefitted from it, the initial motives and final results. In addition the interviews tried to focus on whether the industry understood the motives of the university to engage in collaboration and vice versa. Focusing on whether the performance measurements used by politicians and universities today enhances the collaborations or obstruct them. The paper concludes that the performance management used today in universities in form of publications is overlooking the industries’ need of growth from the university knowledge. Hence motivating the scientists to engage in collaborations only from the university point of view and only to a limited extent concerning about the companies.

Keywords: University-Industry collaboration, performance measurement, performance management, incentives, roles of universities

JEL Classification: L33, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Nielsen, Anja and Sort, Jesper and Nielsen, Christian, From Traditional to Modern Universities: The Ambiguousness of Researcher Incentives in a University-Industry Collaboration Perspective (December 21, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2192409

Anja Nielsen

Center for Research Excellence in Business modelS ( email )

Fredrik Bajers Vej 5
East Aalborg, 9220
Denmark

Jesper Sort

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

Fredrik Bajers Vej 5
East Aalborg, 9220
Denmark

Christian Nielsen (Contact Author)

Aalborg University Business School ( email )

Fibigerstræde 2
Aalborg, DK-9220
Denmark

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