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Innovation and University collaboration: paradox and complexity within the knowledge economy

Howells, Jeremy, Ramlogan, R. and Cheng, S-L. (2012) Innovation and University collaboration: paradox and complexity within the knowledge economy [in special issue: Universities as Strategic Actors in the Knowledge Economy] Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36, (3), pp. 703-721. (doi:10.1093/cje/bes013).

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The paper will explore the nature and impact of universities and other higher education institutions (HEIs) on firms’ innovation and growth in an increasingly distributed and open innovation system, using a survey of some 400 firms in the UK. The analysis reveals significant differences in firms’ collaboration with HEIs across the UK and the value and impact that such collaborations have on a firm’s development. The nature and effects of such collaboration vary significantly between the type of firm involved and their location, and the analysis investigates this in relation to various aspects of innovative activity and firms’ performance. Much of the nature and effects of such collaboration are, as one would expect, counterintuitive and highlight the care we should place on assessing the role of universities and other HEIs in open innovation systems.

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Published date: May 2012
Keywords: industry–academic links, open innovation, higher education institutions, networks, economic impact, collaboration
Organisations: Faculty of Business, Law and Art


Local EPrints ID: 340072
ISSN: 0309-166X
PURE UUID: 76bf56d1-e603-4c22-8587-4b0fe624883f

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Date deposited: 11 Jun 2012 11:09
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:50

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Author: Jeremy Howells
Author: R. Ramlogan
Author: S-L. Cheng

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