Department of Management

Online University-Industry Collaboration: Underlying drivers influencing academics and industrial professionals’ likelihood to engage in online, community-based problem solving

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Extant studies have shown how online communities can promote collaborative and innovative activities in general. Studies on university-industry collaborations have so far focused less on online activities. We therefore set out to examine the individual and organizational drivers and barriers for academics and industrial professionals to contribute to online community-based platforms. We use a mixed method approach using both survey data and in-depth interviews with respondents from the Danish food sector. Findings show that in line with known studies on online innovation communities in general, the main drivers for engagement are organizational and individual learning, and establishing connections, rather than monetary incentives. In contrast to offline studies on university-industry interactions, well-connected academics are less interested in online communities of academics and industry professionals. Finally, the type of knowledge to be exchanged is important. Problems should not be too complex, the locus of knowledge unknown and in the early phase of development, in order for an online form of interaction to be appealing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication yearJun 2015
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
EventR&D Management Conference 2015 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: 23 Jun 201526 Jun 2015


ConferenceR&D Management Conference 2015

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