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Gaining from interactions with universities: multiple methods for nurturing absorptive capacity

AuthorsD'Este Cukierman, Pablo
KeywordsAbsorptive capacity
University-industry interactions
Firm characteristics
Issue DateJun-2008
Citation25th DRUID Celebration Conference (2008)
AbstractThis paper examines the different ways in which firms benefit from their interactions with universities. The paper argues that three learning capabilities, connected with the building up of a firm’s absorptive capacity, can be enhanced by interactions with university: explorative, exploitative, and assimilation and transformation capabilities. By looking at a range of potential benefits rising from interactions with university, this paper investigates the impact that some characteristics of firms and university partnerships have on the type of gains that firms obtain from such interactions. To study these issues, we combine data from a survey of UK firms who have taken part in collaborations with university, and data about the past records of partnerships with universities held by our sample of firms.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado a la 25th DRUID Celebration Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, celebrada en Frederiksberg (Dinamarca) del 18 al 20 de Junio de 2008.
Publisher version (URL)http://www2.druid.dk/conferences/viewabstract.php?id=4048&cf=29
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