Staging referential alignment in industrial–academic collaboration

Charles Anthony Bates*, Joakim Juhl

*Corresponding author

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


This chapter documents the transformation of intermediary objects into boundary objects acting as a center stage for technological development in an industrial-academic collaboration. We invoke the staging metaphor to sensitize readers to the ongoing work that practitioners put into constituting, configuring and transforming diverse material and epistemic conditions towards creating and maintaining a referential infrastructure across different situated settings. We draw on Dominique Vinck (2011) to consider the ‘equipping of intermediary objects’ and how this shapes collective work. We also extend the ‘innovation science notion’ of Joakim Juhl (2016), that accounts for how academic science is converted into a service for commercial interests of private actors, to encompass the staging of a more omni-directional service relationship between diverse academic and industrial partners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStaging Collaborative Design and Innovation: An Action-Oriented Participatory Approach
EditorsChristian Clausen, Dominique Vinck, Signe Pedersen, Jens Dorland
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Print)978 1 83910 342 1
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 83910 343 8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 2020


  • Boundary objects
  • Equipping
  • Innovation science
  • Intermediary objects
  • Referential alignment
  • Staging
  • Technology development

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Staging referential alignment in industrial–academic collaboration'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this