Title: How do Indonesian industries perceive university-industry collaboration? Motivations, benefits and problems

Authors: NuruI Indarti; Fathul Wahid

Addresses: Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jl. Humaniora, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia ' Department of Informatics, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Jl. Kaliurang Km. 14,5, Yogyakarta, 55583 Indonesia; Department of Information Systems, University of Agder, Gimlemoen 25H, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway

Abstract: This study examines university-industry collaboration from the industry perspective. From a survey of 32 firms engaged in university-industry joint research funded by the Indonesian Government, we found various motivations to set up joint research with universities. These included accessing new ideas, getting involved in relevant research and accessing available research funding. A variety of benefits were enjoyed by industry, such as accessing new ideas and know-how from the university, improving product and process development, advancing the ability to provide better information to consumers/suppliers and improving R&D activities. However, industry partners perceived that their allocated investments did not pay off as expected and they were in doubt about the applicability or commercialisation potential of the research output. The findings also indicated that researchers were less likely to base research on the real problems faced by industry, but rather from an a priori perception or ideas they had in mind. Finally, recommendations were also provided.

Keywords: university-industry collaboration; joint research; engaged scholarship; triple helix; developing countries; Indonesia; industrial collaboration; collaborative research; motivation; R&D; research and development; commercialisation; investment pay off.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2013.064169

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2013 Vol.12 No.1/2/3, pp.157 - 171

Accepted: 26 May 2014
Published online: 10 Sep 2014 *

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