Best practices in terms of university – industry collaborations – Part 2

Collaborations between university and industry (UI collaborations) can be fairly complicated. This is the case in France, as in other countries. In the first part of this article, I gave a summary of best practices in terms of UI collaborations. These best practices were extracted from a report of a study conducted by the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Industrial Research Institute in the United States.

In this second part of the article, I’d like to provide some additional best practices compiled from a study that Edward Spencer Calder conducted as part of his Masters at MIT.

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Best practices in terms of university – industry collaborations – Part 1

Within the Open Innovation paradignm, collaborations between industry and academia, that is to say between the university, or more generally, public research and industry (named UI collaborations in the following), are encouraged. However, these collaborations are not always easy. On the contrary! Some find the collaboration sometimes degrading and may have the feeling of being exploited or robbed. They may even perceive this collaboration as a corruption of research, especially if it is imposed by the government. The others are sometimes somewhat schizophrenic: while the top management would like to push towards open innovation even further, the teams who have to deal with these collaborations do not necessarily want them. Why should we outsource when we are so good? For

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