Toward a Conceptual Model of Cooperative Research: Patterns of Development and Success in University-Industry Alliances

Eliezer Geisler, Antonio Furino, Thomas J. Kiresuk

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Abstract

What are Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC's)? How do these National Science Foundation (NSF) supported centers develop? What makes them succeed of fail? A study of twenty (about half) of the current centers reveals that despite modest federal (NSF) support, the centers are able to attract substantial funding from industry, foundations, and state agencies. The study found that centers evolve in seven distinct stages—each with specific problems as well as distinct barriers and facilitators to center development and success. Based on the critical incident/events method, a generalized model of these seven stages is proposed for center growth and development. Implications for managers, researchers, and science policy-makers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-145
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1991

Keywords

  • Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCR's)
  • University industry alliances
  • cooperative research
  • industrial competitiveness
  • life-cycle
  • stage model of development
  • success factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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