Interorganizational collaboration in university-industry management research from a social world perspective

Richard Badham, Michael Zanko, Karin H. Garrety

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University-industry partnerships (UIPs) are widely viewed as essential in raising research capability and economic performance in organizations and nations. In many countries, governments commit significant funds to such 'strategic' collaborations. Despite this, there is still a relatively poor understanding of the interorganizational dynamics of these industry university partnerships and their projects, particularly in management research. Using an interorganizational, social world perspective, we examine a management research project we
were involved in with industry partner managers and specialists over a four-year period. First, we identity and describe the salient social worlds and the competitive funding application that was used as a boundary object. Then, we map the trajectory of the boundary object through four negotiated phases: origins, application, implementation, finalization. Finally, social world
complexity and the significance of the temporal dimension are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges of organisations in global markets
Subtitle of host publicationconference proceedings 2005, British Academy of Management
EditorsM. Easterby-Smith, M. Sako
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)0954960815
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventBritish Academy of Management Conference - Oxford, UK
Duration: 13 Sep 200515 Sep 2005


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference
CityOxford, UK

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