The death valley of the university-industry cooperation with universities: from intention to action
by Sara Fernández-López; David Rodeiro-Pazos; Nuria Calvo; Braulio Pérez
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (IJEIM), Vol. 23, No. 2, 2019

Abstract: Research transfer depends mostly on the firm's goodwill for cooperation. However, very few papers deal with the intentions and attitudes of firm's representatives when they decide to cooperate with universities. Following an outside/in approach, this paper explores firms' attitudes towards R&D cooperation by focusing on the determinants of both having an interest in engaging with universities and the decision to pursue it. Using a sample of 262 firms, we studied the process of the development of interest to the formal decision to collaborate and found that the type of innovative activities carried out by the firm could explain the firm's interest, but not the formal decision to cooperate with universities. In turn, the strategic focus of the firm explained the decision to cooperate with universities. These results reinforce the need to design policies that build relations between researchers and firms at an individual level based on the firm's needs, instead of focusing on the institutional level based on the university's needs.

Online publication date: Wed, 16-Jan-2019

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