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Title:Successful Patterns of Scientific Knowledge Sourcing: Mix and Match PDF Logo
Authors:Sofka, Wolfgang
Aschhoff, Birgit
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 08-033
Abstract:Valuable knowledge emerges increasingly outside of firm boundaries, in particular in public research institutions and universities. The question is how firms organize their interactions with universities effectively to acquire knowledge and apply it successfully. Literature has so far largely ignored that firms may combine different types of interactions with universities for optimizing their collaboration strategies. We argue conceptually that firms need diverse (broad) and highly developed (deep) combinations of various interactions with universities to maximize returns from these collaborations. Our empirical investigation rests upon a survey of more than 800 firms in Germany. We find that both the diversity and intensity of collaborative engagements with universities propel innovation success. However, broadening the spectrum of interactions is more beneficial with regard to innovation success. Applying latent class cluster analysis we identify four distinct patterns of interaction. Our findings show that formal forms of interaction (joint/contract) research provide the best balance between joint knowledge development and value capture.
Subjects:Technology transfer
industry-science links
open innovation
university knowledge
JEL:C30
D83
O32
more recent Version:http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27576
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEW Discussion Papers
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