Networks, SMEs, and the University
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Networks, SMEs, and the University

The Process of Collaboration and Open Innovation

Andrew Johnston and Robert Huggins

Exploring the process of university collaboration from the perspective of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), this book offers an in-depth examination of the collaboration process, dispelling the myth of the disengagement of these firms. Andrew Johnston and Robert Huggins present a thorough account of how SMEs can ‘unlock the ivory tower’ and gain access to university knowledge to support their own innovation.
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Chapter 3: Collaboration and the engaged university

Andrew Johnston and Robert Huggins

Abstract

This chapter explores the transformation of universities as their focus has widened from teaching and research towards industrial collaboration and impact. The entrepreneurial university as the ‘ideal type’ is introduced. It also explores the diversity of universities in terms of their industrial engagement activities.

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