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Proximity factors influencing academics' decisions to co-operate with industry - a case study of the University of Twente's research institutes

Korotka, Milana A. (2012) Proximity factors influencing academics' decisions to co-operate with industry - a case study of the University of Twente's research institutes.

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Abstract:Executives and university managers tend to raise the role of universities as territorial actors and maximize university-industry cooperation inside the region. However, due to certain barriers for local partnership, interaction takes place outside the region more often. The objective of this research is to explore the conditions for effective university-industry cooperation: what motivates academics to cooperate with local/distant firms; what are the constraints to university-industry partnership and in what way proximity can influence academics’ choices to co-operate with industrial partners inside/outside the region. The analysis draws on data obtained from the survey sample of 62 researchers from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Using data from the survey, the analysis reveal evidence of dependence between successful university-industry partnership and location of industrial partners. The study considers the ways in which cooperation between universities and local companies could be facilitated. It is argued that proximity does not promise university-industry interaction inside the region.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62013
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