The outset of U-I R&D: the specific case of biological sciences

The outset of U-I R&D: the specific case of biological sciences
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Linhares Pinheiro, Miguel; Carlos Pinho, Jose; Lucas, Candida
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1 January 2015
European Journal of Innovation and Management. Vol. 18; Issue 3
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Business and management
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The purpose of this paper is to draw insights from the actors-resources-activities (ARA) model and social capital literature to identify relevant activities shared by university-industry (U-I) actors prior to R&D cooperation. Based on a qualitative methodology, a series of interviews were carried out with researchers from the biological sciences domain. This study found that, at the outset of U-I links, companies’ motivations are strongly organisational, while academics are motivated at a personal level. The interactions grow from low-risk activities to partnerships on complex tasks, and depend on relational resources framed within the ARA and social capital theories. Results showed that shared interests are present at the outset of U-I links and grow thereafter. Trust and commitment were not ubiquitous at the outset, but rather at later stages of the cooperation, as a result of the developed interdependencies.

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