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University-Industry Co-operation Using a Practice-based Innovation Tool: Case Advisory Professorship Programme in Materials Technology



KustantajaTampere University of Technology
ISBN (elektroninen)978-952-15-3304-4
ISBN (painettu)978-952-15-3296-2
TilaJulkaistu - 6 kesäkuuta 2014
OKM-julkaisutyyppiG4 Monografiaväitöskirja


NimiTampere University of Techology. Publication
KustantajaTampere University of Technology
ISSN (painettu)1459-2045


In the thesis the usability and effectiveness of a practice-based innovation tool for university–industry co-operation, the advisory professorship model, is evaluated. The research material was collected by applying the tool with a materials technological emphasis in the regional co-operation network in 2008–2012. The inputs, functions and internal dynamics of the innovation environment, as well as the results and effects of innovation activities in the materials technology advisory professorship programme (MTAP) network, are analysed qualitatively using a conceptual framework for the evaluation of regional innovative capability and the Network-Based Innovative Capability (NBIC) matrix. In the network of the MTAP programme, new practice-based innovation processes, concentrated in practice-based problems and development targets in companies products, operational environment or markets were created. The role of the university was especially in producing of information in the front-end phases of innovation processes, related mostly to properties and processing knowledge of materials, the feasibility of development ideas and in searching of new R&D opportunities. The nature of university based research inputs was typically fast and short-termed. Some innovation processes ended up as new products or product improvements. New knowledge, information and knowledge networks were created. The advisory professorship model can be considered a useful practice-based innovation tool for regional university–industry cooperation with some limitations. In the thesis the materials technology related regional resources, infrastructure and needs from both private and public sectors are also studied and levels of regional availability, access and delivery options for materials technological research are analysed in the Lahti region. Based on this information, it is suggested how the knowledge, network and innovation system related to materials technology should be developed further by public policies and strategies in the region.


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