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No 131:
How does University Collaboration Contribute to Successful R&D Management?

Anders Broström () and Hans Lööf ()

Abstract: The issue of through what processes R&D collaboration with universities affects a firms’ innovation performance remains under-researched. In particular, university relationships have not been fully integrated in the open innovation framework. This study explores the relationship between firms’ collaboration with universities and their capabilities for innovation, as perceived by R&D managers. Drawing on a series of interviews with R&D managers at 45 randomly selected firms collaborating with two research universities in Sweden, we explicitly recognise mechanisms through which university relationships contribute to successful R&D management.

Keywords: University-Industry Link; Innovation; Technology transfer; R&D; Research collaboration; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: I23; O31; O32; (follow links to similar papers)

22 pages, June 9, 2008

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