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Title: University industry collaboration in the UK : the case of the chemical industry
Author: Neto, Cesar Goncalves
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1986
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This study examines the processes of collaboration between universities and industry at the level of the organizations involved. In particular, it considers (1) the influence that certain characteristics of universities and companies have upon their willingness or ability to collaborate with each other; upon their objectives for collaboration; and upon their choices of specific forms of collaboration; (2) the relationship between forms of collaboration and objectives for collaboration; and (3) the process of collaboration and the relative success of such collaborations. Three different research instruments were used; a series of interviews with liaison officers in universities and companies; a survey of companies and universities ( the chemical and allied products industry and chemistry university departments in the UK); and detailed studies of research projects sponsored by companies. Willingness to collaborate, the nature of the objectives and preferences for certain forms of collaboration were found to depend upon overall size and size of R&D in the case of companies. However, the evidence suggests that although different university departments may have different objectives or prefer different forms of collaboration, the wiilingness to collaborate is common to all departments. Three factors emerge as important for the performance of collaborative projects; a good working atmosphere, collaboration in the definition of the project and joint planning. Some factors which have been frequently suggested in the literature (e.g. product 'champion') were not observed. Finally, underestimation of technical difficulties proved to be one of the main reasons for low performance.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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