Title: Building 'research-industry' partnerships through European R&D programmes

Authors: Blanka Vavakova

Addresses: Institut de Recherche et d'Information Socio-Economique, Universite Paris-Dauphine, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

Abstract: The European programmes in R&D have made an important contribution to the development of co-operation between public research institutes and industry not only across, but within, individual member countries. The constitution of dynamic networks beyond the formal collaboration, the access of public sector researchers to the best industrial laboratories in European firms, and the opportunity for private companies to benefit from a larger pool of research resources than is available within a single nation, are among the positive features of the EU-inspired |research-industry| partnerships identified here. Despite these benefits, the study (using data from interviews conducted in France and in Germany with researchers involved in the European Community|s biotechnology (BAP, BRIDGE) and information technology ESPRIT, programmes also reveals a number of weaknesses in European partnerships that cannot be attributed, as many critical articles have done, to management problems at the Community level, but rather to the degree of commitment and extent of collaboration of the various partners.

Keywords: Biotechnology Action Programme; ESPRIT; European networks; European R&D programmes; research-industry partnerships; industrial collaboration; technology transfer; value orientation; researchers; information technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1995.025643

International Journal of Technology Management, 1995 Vol.10 No.4/5/6, pp.567 - 586

Published online: 23 May 2009 *

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