University-Industry R&D Connections: boundary-spanning bridges or boulevards of broken dreams ?
This special issue will be devoted to new studies and insights on university engagement with the business sector in general, and R&D cooperation with industry in particular.
This subject area is becoming a top priority at many universities worldwide. Especially the universities of technology and those who see themselves as ‘entrepreneurial university’. Their activities on the interface of science and industry are seen as an increasingly important feature of their ‘third mission’ profile as academic ‘engines of innovation’.
Productive academic interactions with the business sector are driven by many factors, covering the full range from spontaneous micro-level individual initiatives, to mesolevel university missions and strategies, and macro-level government policies with longer-term socioeconomic goals. The objectives and processes of those university-industry encounters span a wide range of outcomes – from sharing expensive testing equipment to co-developing new medicines.
Although each university operates within its own unique environment, with its own set of research priorities and focal areas, they may have much in common in their motives and strategies when addressing corporate R&D needs, spinning out their own science-based companies, and interacting with the world’s largest technology companies.
The current academic literature comprises of many disconnected case studies scattered across a range of subfields and scholarly journals. It is still relatively small literature – especially in Asia, Latin America, and Africa – in need of expansion and coherence to draw out lessons of general interest to university research management and government policy-makers.
We welcome all manuscripts on university-industry R&D connections and interactions, – emerging from basic research or from applied practice-oriented studies. Our main interest is on studies from the university perspective. Any paper on a topic of relevance to scholars, administrators or managers will be considered: from case studies of individual universities based on scientometric data, conceptual or theoretical papers of university-industry linkages within science-innovation ecosystems, to papers dealing within issues at multidisciplinary interface of management, business, and innovation studies.
If you’re interested to submit a manuscript to this issue, please consider the possibility of joining us at the Triple Helix Association’s XIII Triple Helix Conference 2015 in Beijing, China (21-23 August 2015) to present your paper at our special session on this topic.
Download the full call for paper IMPP Call for Papers 17-12-2014