The role of university-industry interaction in regional industrial development: Research collaborations and graduate human capital as complementary university-industry knowledge transfer channels

Gerwin Evers

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesis

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Abstract

The relevance of the university as centuries-old institution has been renewed with the rise of the knowledge-based economy. Through interaction with their environment via a variety of channels universities can have an impact on their region by providing both public and private actors access to knowledge and requisite human capital. This thesis provides insight in how this impact can be realised through the university-industry knowledge transfer channels of graduate human capital and research collaborations by answering the following question:

What is the role of university–industry research collaborations and graduate production for the impact of universities on regional industrial development?

The insights are based on analyses of Danish micro-level data, Community Innovation Survey data, interview data, and other data using a variety of empirical techniques. The results highlight the importance of universities alignment with regional industries for fostering its ability to contribute to the regional industrial development. Furthermore, it argues for taking a comprehensive approach to the university-industry knowledge transfer channels, as the utilisation of potential synergies between human capital production and research collaborations can increase their impact on regional industrial development. 

Original languageEnglish
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Number of pages252
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7210-634-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesAalborg Universitet. Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet. Ph.D.-Serien
ISSN2246-1256

Bibliographical note

PhD supervisor:
Professor Christian Richter Østergaard, Aalborg University

Co-Supervisor:
Associate Professor Rebecca Herron, University of Lincoln

RUNIN project mentor:
Head of Analysis Maria Theresa NornThink tank DEA

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