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|Title:||International university-industry collaboration to bridge R&D globalization and national innovation system in China|
|Author(s):||Jun Jin, (School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China), Shanchao Wu, (College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing, China), Jin Chen, (College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China)|
|Citation:||Jun Jin, Shanchao Wu, Jin Chen, (2011) "International university-industry collaboration to bridge R&D globalization and national innovation system in China", Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China, Vol. 3 Iss: 1, pp.5 - 14|
|Keywords:||China, Globalization, International cooperation, Research and development, Universities|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17561411111120837 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors wish to thank anonymous referees for their comments and suggestions. In addition, a draft of this paper was presented at PICMET2010; the authors thank the referees and audience for their comments. This research is sponsored and financial supported by project grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC 70810107021 and L1022106).|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the issues of integrating R&D globalization, national innovation system, university-industry (U-I) knowledge transfer, and international U-I collaboration.
Design/methodology/approach – A framework for research on internationalization of U-I collaboration is proposed and the process of international U-I collaboration could be categorized Processes A (including A1-A2-A3), B, C and D. The framework is applied to explore the process and contribution of international U-I collaboration in China based on the cases studies of Philips' Brainbridge program and institute for the study of the ancient world (ISAW) international cooperation.
Findings – Processes A and B are confirmed in this research. Through the international U-I collaboration, foreign universities contribute to the development of innovative capabilities of industries in China, while the foreign companies could play roles in the China's national innovation system. The research suggests that the international U-I collaboration could be used as a bridge to connect strategies of R&D globalization to the improvement of national innovation system. With the internationalization of U-I collaboration, the national innovation system would be developing to global innovation system. Moreover, this paper provides a method of technological internationalization and practical suggestions to the management of U-I collaboration.
Research limitations/implications – More empirical research is necessary to further examine this framework.
Originality/value – This paper provides a framework to analyse the process of international U-I collaboration. Additionally, it enriches the research on R&D globalization from the industrial fields to the academics and the research on national innovation system. The findings will contribute to the practice and diffusion of international U-I collaboration from the industrial and governmental levels.
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