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Collaborating with universities helps businesses

from eGov monitor

Nov. 11, 2010 issue: While technology transfer has often been the focus for policy makers and researchers in terms of understanding business — academia collaboration, this new survey shows that these partnerships enable businesses to improve wide ranging activities including service development, human resource management, and even marketing. Collaborations are primarily based on problem solving, people- or community-based interactions rather than technology transfer. The survey is part of a research project examining business-university knowledge exchange partnerships, their effectiveness and regional impact. As well as the business survey, which generated over 2,500 responses, the research included an academic survey with over 22,000 responses and several case studies. The survey of academics shows that the knowledge exchange activities had significant positive impacts on research and teaching. more

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