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How University-Industry Collaboration in Mixed Team Creates Value in the Front End of Innovation?

How University-Industry Collaboration in Mixed Team Creates Value in the Front End of Innovation?

Year: 2014

Section: Collaboration, communication and co-creation in design and development

Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman

Author: Kirsi Polvinen, Pekka Berg

Series: NordDESIGN

Institution: Aalto University, Finland

Section: Collaboration, communication and co-creation in design and development

Pages: 146-153

ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2

Abstract

Companies’ collaboration with external partners is increasingly important in innovation management, and collaboration with academia is a natural part of the development. This paper focuses on university-industry collaboration in the front-end of innovation, where empirical research is still limited. In this preliminary study company cases are presented in a course setting having a unique mixed team approach. Experiences of such approach from company representatives’ point of view are presented in this paper as well as some promoting and preventing factors for such collaboration. According to the results of the study, choosing a suitable topic of the industry project and the role and commitment that corporate people take in the mixed team are crucial for collaboration and for a successful outcome. Main value of such university-industry collaboration for the companies is obtained through getting new ways of thinking and acting.

Keywords: University-industry collaboration, mixed team, front end

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In the area of innovation, design and product development we quite often seem to know that something works in practice, but might lack understanding on the theoretical foundations. Many of the topical issues related to design, development, and innovation that seem to be regarded as “common knowledge” within the industry, are insufficiently founded from the theoretical perspective. On the other hand, results of academic research are often insufficiently disseminated to the industry. We are calling...

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