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ERIC Number: EJ873119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1358-3883
Academics' Strategies and Obstacles in Achieving Collaboration between Universities and SMEs
Karlsson, Jan; Booth, Shirley; Odenrick, Per
Tertiary Education and Management, v13 n3 p187-201 Sep 2007
There is an ongoing debate both in the United States and Europe about the need to develop a broader view of scholarship and the different activities connected with it, including "service to the community". This empirical study reveals that researchers who are engaged in collaboration with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) encounter many hindrances within the academic structure and obstacles due cultural differences that needs to be overcome. But it is also evident that they are creative and learn different strategies in accomplishing their goals and they also bring back useful experiences and knowledge from their cooperation into their research and teaching within the academic organization. We suggest that attention should be paid to the broader and more elaborate view of collaborative knowledge production that we present in the article if university structures are to provide better support for their academic staff to interact profitably with the community, and thereby create a "win-win situation" for everyone involved. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden; United States