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Governance Mode Choice in Collaborative PhD Projects

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  • Negin Salimi

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  • Rudi Bekkers

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  • Koen Frenken

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Joint PhD projects are a promising form of research collaboration, connecting universities to firms and public research organizations. Entering into such collaborations, however, requires decisions in terms of governance. This paper investigates how a university and its partners govern such projects, including decision-making, daily management and disclosure policies. Earlier studies show that shared governance modes have had a higher success rate than centralized governance modes. Nevertheless, more than two thirds of the 191 joint PhD projects we investigated opted for centralized rather than shared governance. Our findings show that: (i) geographical and cognitive distance render the adoption of a shared governance mode less likely; (ii) the partner controlling critical resources tends to centralize governance, and (iii) partnering firms are more likely to put restrictions on publication output than public research organizations. We therefore recommend that universities and their partners take these aspects into account when selecting such projects.

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Paper provided by Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) in its series Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) working paper series with number 13-09.

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Date of creation: Oct 2013
Date of revision: Oct 2013
Handle: RePEc:dgr:tuecis:wpaper:1309

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Keywords: university-industry collaboration; collaborative PhD project; shared governance; centralized governance; proximity; resource imbalances; publication disclosure.;

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