Research collaboration in universities and academic entrepreneurship: the-state-of-the-art

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Abstract

There is abundant evidence that research collaboration has become the norm in every field of scientific and technical research. We provide a critical overview of the literature on research collaboration, focusing particularly on individual-level collaborations among university researchers, but we also give attention to university researchers’ collaborations with researchers in other sectors, including industry. We consider collaborations aimed chiefly at expanding the base of knowledge (knowledge-focused collaborations) as well as ones focused on production of economic value and wealth (property-focused collaborations), the latter including most academic entrepreneurship research collaborations. To help organize our review we develop a framework for analysis, one that considers attributes of collaborators, collaborative process and organization characteristics as the affect collaboration choices and outcomes. In addition, we develop and use a “Propositional Table for Research Collaboration Literature,” presented as an “Appendix” to this study. We conclude with some suggestions for possible improvement in research on collaboration including: (1) more attention to multiple levels of analysis and the interactions among them; (2) more careful measurement of impacts as opposed to outputs; (3) more studies on ‘malpractice’ in collaboration, including exploitation; (4) increased attention to collaborators’ motives and the social psychology of collaborative teams.

 

The authors:

“..there is now greater need to understand the complexity of collaboration calculus. Conflicts among centers, industries and traditional academic departments were not so important decades ago. Abundant resources, no longer the norm, also had a tendency to reduce complexity. But with declining grant money and fewer academic positions in most fields, competitive dynamics intercede to a degree not common in the past. It seems to us that the research has had a very difficult time keeping pace with the changes in the researchers’ environment.”

 

Source:

The Journal of Technology TransferFebruary 2013, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 1-67Research collaboration in universities and academic entrepreneurship: the-state-of-the-artBarry Bozeman, Daniel Fay, Catherine P. Slade

DOI10.1007/s10961-012-9281-8

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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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