Thesis defence A. Haghighi Talab: knowledge collaboration

04 October 2017 12:30 - Location: Aula, TU Delft - By: Webredactie

Empirical Modelling of Inter-organizational Knowledge Collaboration. Promotor: Prof.dr. C.P. van Beers (TBM).

The European Commission, throughout the Framework Programmes (FPs), funds inter-organizational knowledge collaborations (IKCs) to co-create and to co-utilize knowledge resources aiming at open innovation between academic and industrial organizations. The scope of this dissertation is to model the inter-organizational knowledge collaborations to arrive at an understanding of the factors involved, their singular and joint effects, and their implication for innovation strategy of organizations and innovation policy. It aims to answer the following main question: how to enhance inter-organizational knowledge collaboration?

Knowledge is mapped by the Aristotelian knowledge taxonomy (i.e. episteme, techne, and phronesis) and organization is framed by the Triple Helix model: universities, businesses and governmental institutions. The implications regard partner selection and consortium composition.

Organizational-level determinants are modelled to explain the variations in the extent of IKCs by transposing the Motivation, Opportunity, Ability (MOA) framework to an organizational level. The MOA framework with an interdependent functional form is shown to explain a substantial portion of the IKC variation. This implies that focusing solely on the incentive structures or absorptive capacity, for instance, may be misleading and ineffective since the three drivers of knowledge collaboration act interdependently.

Organizational types (i.e. university, business, or government) are systematically compared to provide an empirical perspective on the impact of consortium composition on the extent of IKC. Universities (and inter-university relationship types) are found as salient actors (and relationships) of the innovation system.

The possibility of substitution of the effect of one proximity dimension (i.e. geographical, network, or social) by the effect of the other(s) is empirically tested. The social proximity dimension is found to exert the biggest impact (of the three investigated dimensions) on the extent of an IKC and to substitute the effects of geographical and network proximity.

This dissertation discusses knowledge-based competitive advantage, organizational drivers of IKC, partner selection and consortium composition, and management of the proximity between the partnering organizations, providing the implications for innovation strategies and policies.

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