Enhance interaction between HEIs and SMEs to stimulate research and innovation
Paper in proceedings, 2020
A questionnaire was developed and sent out to both HEIs and SMEs in each of the six partner countries. The results are based on the responses from 37 HEIs and 73 SMEs, which were analysed using the accepted model in decision theory, the Weighted Sum Model (WSM). The results were based mainly on the questionnaires, but also to some extent on complementary interviews.
A great deal of the results are country specific, with some few exceptions. Besides the fact that the data differs between the countries, there is also a variation within the countries. There may be several reasons for these differences, for instance pre-existing SME/HEI relationships and collaborations, or if the university/department has a focus on applied or fundamental research.
Both similarities and dissimilarities were found in the answers from both HEIs and SMEs. Both HEIs and SMEs share the viewpoint that they are open to collaborations for the purpose of a mutual transfer of knowledge. SMEs are generally interested in investing in staff competencies. The majority of the interviewed SMEs had not considered PhD programs before this study. The results show a willingness towards extending networks and contacts in order to create relationships and thus establish fruitful collaborations between HEIs and SMEs, thereby also enhancing research competence. This could potentially be done by establishing a common European standard for interaction between HEIs and SMEs.
The conclusion of this study is in line with the project goal of increasing innovation capacity in the EU. It could broadly be summarised as: university-industry collaboration is a win-win experience for both parties as well as for society. It helps to close the gap between industry/SMEs and academia. A successful partnership involves strategies and goals for both HEIs and SMEs (industry) and for achieving impact.
Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Vehicle Safety
Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences
NOESIS Technologies P.C.
2020 University-Industry Interaction Online Conference
GIENAHS - Grasping Innovation in Europe through a closer iNterAction between HEIs and SMEs
European Commission (Horizon 2020), 2018-01-01 -- 2020-12-31.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Learning and teaching