What Accounts for Successful University-industry Research Collaboration? Insights from Project-level Evidence in ChinaWhat Accounts for Successful University-industry Research Collaboration? Insights from Project-level Evidence in China
The importance of examining factors important to achievement of UI collaborations in varied institutional contexts receives increasing attention from both academics and policy makers. Based on three university-industry (UI) collaborative projects, this paper qualitatively examines factors contributing to UI collaboration achievement in China. The analysis shows that increasing industrial R&D investment, improving industrial connection of university research and promoting deep academic involvement in all stages of research application are particularly important to achieve UI collaborations in China where the industrial investment in research and development (R&D) is still low. This case study also highlighted theoretical insights in: the importance of interactive-natured UI relations in enhancing industrial innovation, the crucial role of individual-level factors, and the necessity of taking a systematic perspective on studying UI collaboration. This study sheds more insights into factors crucial for achievement of UI collaborations, particularly in the context characterized with low industrial absorptive capacity.