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Universities as internationalisation catalysts: reversing roles in university-industry collaboration

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posted on 2023-10-05, 12:35 authored by Simone CorsiSimone Corsi, Feranita Feranita, Mathew Hughes, Alex Wilson
University-Industry (U-I) collaboration is vital to the development of society. However, this important interaction has become somewhat of a caricature whereby a sequential and unidirectional relationship exists with universities creating knowledge and industries commercialising it. We address this issue by using the Triple Helix (TH) perspective and the network-revised Uppsala model of internationalisation to demonstrate how this relationship can be reversed. We present an embedded longitudinal case study of a UK-China Innovation Programme, run by a UK university with the aim of supporting the development of 62 collaborative innovation projects between 58 UK small and medium enterprises and Chinese organisations. The results reveal a pressing need to revisit universities’ third mission: transfer of academic knowledge to industry. The findings demonstrate universities’ role as internationalisation catalysts for firms engaged in U-I collaboration. This signals an important and underexplored component of the TH perspective. The knowledge exchange type in U-I relationships shows a possible reversal in firm and university roles, where knowledge and technology are contributed by firms, and access to markets is orchestrated by universities, which become internationalisation platforms.

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  • Loughborough Business School

Published in

British Journal of Management

Volume

34

Issue

4

Pages

1992-2014

Publisher

Wiley

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Wiley under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2022-10-06

Publication date

2022-11-14

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

1045-3172

eISSN

1467-8551

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Mat Hughes. Deposit date: 11 October 2022

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