Interorganizational dynamics in collaborative university-industry research projects

context, politics and social construction

Michael Zanko, Richard Badham, Karin Garrety

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Abstract

University-industry partnerships (UIPs) are widely viewed as essential in leveraging research capability and economic performance in organizations and the nation as a whole. In Australia, as in many other countries, the national government commits significant funds to such ‘strategic’ collaborations. Despite this interest, there is still a relatively poor understanding of the interorganizational dynamics of these industry and university partnerships and their projects. This paper examines such dynamics by focusing on a management-related research project we were involved in negotiating and undertaking with industry partner managers over a four-year period. Of particular relevance was the complex interplay between UIP politics, social constructions of the project and the pervasive interorganizational context that allowed the industry partner to hold the university at arm’s length rather than in arms’ embrace.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Subtitle of host publicationANZAM 2004, 8-11 December 2004, Dunedin, New Zealand
Place of PublicationDunedin, New Zeland
PublisherUniversity of Otago
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0476011310
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (18th : 2004) - Dunedin, New Zeland
Duration: 8 Nov 200411 Nov 2004

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (18th : 2004)
CityDunedin, New Zeland
Period8/11/0411/11/04

Keywords

  • collaboration
  • university-industry
  • politics
  • context
  • social construction

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    Zanko, M., Badham, R., & Garrety, K. (2004). Interorganizational dynamics in collaborative university-industry research projects: context, politics and social construction. In 18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management: ANZAM 2004, 8-11 December 2004, Dunedin, New Zealand Dunedin, New Zeland: University of Otago.