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Facilitating Collaboration Between Individual Participants in a University-Industry Research and Development Project

Facilitating Collaboration Between Individual Participants in a University-Industry Research and Development Project

Year: 2014

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

Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman

Author: Pauliina Mattila (1), Samuli Makinen (2), Miko Laakso (2)

Series: NordDESIGN

Institution: 1: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; 2: Aalto University, Finland

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

Pages: 203-212

ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2

Abstract

Due to accelerated technology change and market globalization, university-industry collaborations have become increasingly important avenues through which organizations strive to gain competitive advantage. A recent research focus has concentrated on revealing collaboration success factors especially in knowledge creation context and exploring the role of design as a facilitator in the creation process. A Finnish university-industry research and development project was investigated to understand the grass-root level collaboration and the influence of a facilitator with design expertise. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted and participative observation was carried out in project related activities. In the case, participating organizations work mainly independently, and the leadership of the project was not used to full potential. Moreover, the role of design was not considered to bring considerable value. Followed by results, factors enhancing interaction between participants in the project are analysed and discussed. Finally, practical activities to support collaboration are suggested.

Keywords: University-industry collaboration, facilitation, knowledge creation, research and development

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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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