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Boundary spanning roles in cross-border university-industry collaboration: the case of Chinese multinational corporations

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posted on 30.07.2020 by Simone Corsi, Xiaolan Fu, Cintia Külzer Sacilotto
This paper contributes to open innovation (OI) and boundary spanning literatures by providing a first understanding of industry-based boundary spanners in university-industry (U-I) collaboration through case studies of Chinese multinational corporations (MNCs) and their international OI platforms. Organisational roles created by these platforms within the MNCs and their activity of bridging between organisations are examined. The analysis of 25 in-depth interviews in two MNCs located in 8 countries, along with internal documents, sheds light on U-I collaboration practices implemented by Chinese MNCs. Two new boundary spanning roles are identified: Dual Cultural Bridger – as these OI platforms bridge organisational and national cultural gaps to prevent and solve problems in the collaborative process; and International Network Enhancer - as these OI platforms act as trust building and local knowledge listening posts for the MNC’s global network. Managerial and policy implications are provided.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

R&D Management

Publisher

Wiley

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© RADMA and John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Publisher statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: CORSI, S., FU, X. and KÜLZER‐SACILOTTO, C., 2020. Boundary spanning roles in cross‐border university‐industry collaboration: the case of Chinese multinational corporations. R&D Management, doi:10.1111/radm.12431, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/radm.12431. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Acceptance date

29/07/2020

Publication date

2020-09-02

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0033-6807

eISSN

1467-9310

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Simone Corsi. Deposit date: 30 July 2020

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