The Process of Collaboration and Open Innovation
Chapter 4: University–industry collaboration: formation and function
This chapter discusses the motivations for and benefits to SMEs who collaborate with universities. It also outlines the potential uncertainties involved in these collaborations, arguing that the closeness of the actors in terms of proximities may reduce uncertainty. These proximities are conceptualised via the proximity matrix, which outlines closeness in terms of physical location, network membership, working routines and practices, and technical language and knowledge base.
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