Trust and distrust in university-industry research collaborations

Beryl Morris, Robert Hunt

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While the benefits of collaboration between universities and industry partners are widely acknowledged, how does one manage for future collaborative success? The issue is of importance, because successful collaboration is crucial for harnessing key, cross-disciplinary know-how into commercially and economically valuable science-driven industry projects. In the present study, failure to sustain collaboration was explored in interviews with a small number of U-I personnel, with data coded and arranged thematically. Results indicate that potential contributing factors towards collaboration failures include inability to demonstrate or establish one or more of competence, integrity and cross-cultural communication, all precursors to trust. We suggest a study of failures may contribute to better management of future successful collaborations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging in the Pacific century
Place of PublicationAuckland
PublisherPromaco Conventions
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)1863081488
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008) - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Dec 20085 Dec 2008


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008)
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • inter-organisational relationships
  • cross-cultural management
  • organisational cultures
  • strategic alliances
  • strategy and culture
  • strategy and structure


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