University/industry collaboration and the development of firm-specific innovative capabilities

Will Geoghegan

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This chapter explores the development of firm-specific innovative capabilities in university/industry collaborations. It builds an integrative innovative capability framework and empirically tests it in a university/industry collaborative context. It theoretically contributes by bridging the previously unexplored nexus between university/ industry collaboration (within the triple-helix of innovation) and innovative capabilities. It also advances industry-specific insights regarding why firms should collaborate with universities, specifically emphasizing a set of innovative capabilities that universities are likely to promote in their industrial collaborative relationships. This holds particular relevance to help define the value of where and how the entrepreneurial university should be applied. The chapter establishes that three of the innovative capability constructs specifically allowed the university to significantly influence the collaborating firms' innovative capabilities: (1) external environment and networking intensity; (2) path dependency, prior related knowledge, and learning; and (3) idea management and opportunity recognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVolume 1
Subtitle of host publicationEntrepreneurial Universities: Technology and Knowledge Transfer
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9789814733311
ISBN (Print)9789814733304
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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