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Industry-academia collaboration

  1. 1. The Success Factors Powering Industry-Academia Collaboration
  2. 2. Industry-Academia Collaboration Outline • • • • Context Research Questions Results Conclusions 2
  3. 3. Industry-Academia Collaboration Context • Experiences and lessons learned from successful collaboration between industry and academia  two exploratory studies: • one conducted in Sweden • one conducted in Australia 3
  4. 4. Industry-Academia Collaboration Research Question • RQ1. Which success factors are considered most important in collaborations between industry and academia? • RQ2. What are the differences between industrial and academic perceptions of these factors? • RQ3. What are the differences between the Swedish and Australian studies concerning these factors? 4
  5. 5. Industry-Academia Collaboration Results • RQ1. Which success factors are considered most important  Sweden: It’s clear that the company-side factors • 1. buy-in and support from company management will enable collaborative success. • 2. collaboration championit’s typically the However, given that on site • 3. researcher’s attitude and social skills to researcher who will physically go industry,  Australia: another important factor is the researcher’s ability to fit into the • 1. buy-in and support from company management company’s organizational context. • 2a. collaboration champion on site • 2b. short-term results and impact on industry 5
  6. 6. Industry-Academia Collaboration Results • RQ2. Industry vs. academia  Sweden: • Industry differences show that industry was The > academia – researcher’s commitment to contribute to industry needs (6) more concerned with a company’s – buy-in and support from company management (4) management and the researcher’s – researcher’s visibleto contribute and(4) commitment presence in industry help • Academia > industry academia was more them, whereas – champion’s network within actual collaborators, concerned with the the company (6) – buy-in and support main champion at the(4) including the from industry collaborators company. 6
  7. 7. Industry-Academia Collaboration Results • RQ2. Industry vs. academia  Australia: • Industry > academia Academia focuses more on the actual – champion’s network within the companythan researcher and collaborators (4) – short-term results and impact on industry (5) industry, although industry prioritizes the – regular meetings (6) network. Furthermore, collaborator’s – trust (8) industry focuses more on results, • Academia > industry meetings, and trust. Some of these – buy-in and support from industry collaborators (4) findings are actually reversed from the – researcher’s relevant expertise (9) Swedish study. – researcher’s commitment to contribute to industry needs (9) 7
  8. 8. Industry-Academia Collaboration Results • RQ3. Comparison between countries • In Sweden, researcher attitude and social skills ended up ranking third. This is most likely due to the longterm collaboration. • In Australia, the academic respondents would like to see a contribution to industry needs. 8
  9. 9. Industry-Academia Collaboration Conclusions • The most important lessons learned are:  buy-in and support from company management is crucial  there must be a champion at the company, and not only a person assigned the responsibility  there are different understandings between different categories of people (for example, industrial people, senior researchers, and students)  social skills are particularly important in a longterm collaboration 9
  10. 10. Comments and Questions

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