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Type: Journal article
Title: What drives and inhibits university-business cooperation in Europe? A comprehensive assessement
Author: Galán-Muros, V.
Plewa, C.
Citation: R and D Management, 2016; 46(2):369-382
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0033-6807
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Victoria Galán-Muros and Carolin Plewa
Abstract: Knowledge transfer between universities and organizations is essential, not only for the organizations involved but also for the broader innovation system. Understanding the factors that drive or inhibit this process, thus, becomes a priority. Yet, the increasingly prolific academic literature dealing with university-business cooperation (UBC) possesses a strong focus on barriers rather than drivers and only examines few of the cooperation activities that exist in practice. This article offers a comprehensive review and analysis of an extensive set of barriers and drivers across seven UBC activities with a large sample of European academics from 33 countries. Results highlight that while the identified drivers significantly affect the development of all cooperation activities, barriers have more diverse effects. While significantly limiting research and valorization activities, they barely impact cooperation in education. Additionally, results show that even if academics perceive no barriers they still may not cooperate with business if there are no drivers in place. This article concludes by discussing the relevant implications for research, management and policy development regarding UBC, leading to directions for future research.
Rights: © 2016 RADMA and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
RMID: 0030044073
DOI: 10.1111/radm.12180
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