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Title: University-industry collaboration and the role of government in Ireland : a demand side perspective
Author: Leonard, Ciara Anne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3608 1998
Awarding Body: Queen's University of Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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The aim of this research study is to provide an understanding of university-industry collaboration in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and to examine the role of government in this relationship from the perspective of the firm. Perspectives on the innovation process have changed over the last few decades from a traditional linear model supporting 'technology push' and 'demand pull' approaches to business innovation, towards more systemic or evolutionary models of innovation which are characterised by strong collaborations between firms and external organisations, including universities. University-industry collaboration has become a primary focus for innovation policy in many countries, with governments. recognising the important role universities have to play in economic development through their enhancement of industrial competitiveness. As a result, governments have developed and introduced initiatives to encourage firms to form collaborations, particularly with university partners. At the same time universities are under pressure to access new sources of revenue to fund their research activities and recognise that income from collaborations with firms can provide additional revenue. Employing a mixed-methods approach, including the use of secondary data, survey and interviews, this study examines the role of government in university-industry collaborations which are R&D focussed in Ireland, drawing on the resource based view of the firm. This research study makes important contributions to both the emerging literature in this area and for policymakers surrounding the role of government support in university-industry R&D collaboration, for which there has been limited previous research conducted. The study provides an understanding of the pattern and intensity of R&D collaboration by firms in Ireland and details the role of government policy in this. Key findings emerge surrounding the characteristics of firms collaborating with universities and how they differ from firms with supply-chain collaboration partners and also the role of government support in university-industry R&D collaboration in Ireland.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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