Authors: Petra Schubert; Niels Bjørn-Andersen; Thomas Kilian
Addresses: Department of Computer Science, University of Koblenz-Landau, Universitaetsstrasse 1, 56070 Koblenz, Germany ' Department of IT Management, Copenhagen Business School, Howitzvej 60, Frederiksberg 2000, Denmark ' Department of Computer Science, University of Koblenz-Landau, Universitaetsstrasse 1, 56070 Koblenz, Germany
Abstract: This article addresses the topic of university-industry collaboration (UIC), a term that is used to describe the active engagement of a company (or companies) in a joint research project with academics. The objectives and motivations of UIC have been discussed widely in the literature and are summarised in this article. We were particularly interested in the factors that influence the setup of research projects that make them a 'successful' UIC. The paper reports on the results of a questionnaire-based survey of UIC and interviews with senior IS scholars, who have extensive experience in UIC. We present typical forms of collaboration, which we call archetypes, with their defining characteristics and argue that UIC is a valuable research strategy, which we as IS researchers should pursue in order to obtain relevance in our research.
Keywords: knowledge co-creation; university-industry cooperation; industrial collaboration; archetypes; engaged scholarship; business schools; business education; research projects; project setup.
International Journal of Information Systems and Management, 2015 Vol.1 No.3, pp.219 - 239
Received: 01 Nov 2014
Accepted: 02 Dec 2014
Published online: 08 Oct 2015 *