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Industry-University Interactions in a Peripheral European Region: An Empirical Study of Valencian Firms

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  • Adela Garcia-Aracil
  • Ignacio Fernandez De Lucio
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    Garcia-Aracil A. and Fernandez de Lucio I. Industry-university interactions in a peripheral European region: an empirical study of Valencian firms, Regional Studies. In this paper the interactions among industry and academic staff in the Mediterranean Spanish Region of Valencia are analysed. The information comes from the manufacturing firm survey about industry-university (I-U) collaboration carried out in 2001 by the Valencian administration. The findings show that the factors that had the most influence on I-U interaction are those related to firms' structural characteristics, in particular managers' qualifications and the sector of activity. Firm size was less of an influence. Firms prefer interactions related to the training of students and education of personnel rather than performance of contract research and development (R&D) and joint R&D projects. [image omitted] Garcia-Aracil A. et Fernandez De Lucio I. La synergie entre l'industrie et les universites dans une region peripherique europeenne: une etude empirique des entreprises de Valencia, Regional Studies. Cet article cherche a analyser la synergie entre le personnel industriel et les universitaires dans la region mediterraneenne espagnole de Valencia. Les donnees proviennent d'une enquete effectuee en 2001 par l'administration de Valencia aupres des entreprises industrielles sur la collaboration I-U. Il s'avere que les facteurs qui ont eu l'influence la plus importante sur la synergie I-U sont ceux qui se rapportent aux caracteristiques structurelles des entreprises, notamment les qualifications des cadres et le secteur d'activite en question. La taille de l'entreprise s'est averee moins importante. Les entreprises favorisent la synergie provoquee par la formation des etudiants et par l'instruction du personnel plutot que celle engendree par la performance des projets R et D, soit contractuels, soit communs. Synergie entre l'industrie et les universites Qualifications des cadres Garcia-Aracil A. und Fernandez de Lucio I. Wechselwirkungen zwischen Industrie und Universitaten in einer europaischen Peripherieregion: eine empirische Studie von valenzianischen Firmen, Regional Studies. In diesem Beitrag analysieren wir die Wechselwirkungen zwischen industriellen und akademischen Mitarbeitern in der spanischen Mittelmeerregion Valencia. Die Informationen stammen von einer Erhebung der valenzianischen Regierung von 2001 uber produzierende Betriebe, in der die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Industrie und Universitaten untersucht wurde. Unsere Ergebnisse zeigen, dass die Faktoren, die sich am starksten auf die Wechselwirkungen zwischen Industrie und Universitaten auswirkten, mit den strukturellen Merkmalen der Firmen in Bezug standen, insbesondere mit den Qualifikationen der Direktoren und dem Sektor der Wirtschaftsaktivitat. Die Firmengrosse hatte einen geringeren Einfluss. Die Firmen legen besonderen Wert auf Wechselwirkungen im Zusammenhang mit der Ausbildung der Studenten und der Schulung der Mitarbeiter, wahrend die Durchfuhrung von vertraglicher F&E bzw. gemeinsamen F&E-Projekten eine untergeordnete Rolle spielt. Wechselwirkungen zwischen Industrie und Universitaten Bildungsstand von Direktoren Garcia-Aracil A. y Fernandez de Lucio I. Interacciones de la industria con la universidad en una region europea periferica: un estudio empirico con empresas valencianas, Regional Studies. En este articulo analizamos las interacciones entre el personal academico y la industria en la region mediterranea de Valencia. La informacion procede de un estudio de empresas manufactureras con respecto a la colaboracion entre la industria y las universidades (I-U) llevada a cabo en 2001 por la Generalitat Valenciana. Nuestros resultados indican que los factores que influenciaron mas en la interaccion I-U son aquellos relacionados con las caracteristicas estructurales de las empresas, especialmente con las calificaciones de directores y el sector de actividades. El tamano de la empresa no tenia una influencia significativa. Las empresas prefieren una interaccion relacionada con la formacion de los estudiantes y de su personal mas que un rendimiento de I + D contractual y proyectos conjuntos de I + D. Interacciones de la industria con la universidad Nivel de formacion de los directores

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 42 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 215-227

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    Keywords: Industry-university interactions; Managers' educational level;

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    1. Vivas-Augier, Carlos & Barge-Gil, Andrés, 2012. "Impact on firms of the use of knowledge providers: a systematic review of the literature," MPRA Paper 41042, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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