Managing the university-industry collaborative innovation in China: The case of Zhejiang NHU Company

Fei Li (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China)
Jin Chen (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Yu-Shan Su (National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Publication date: 12 February 2018



Collaboration with universities is an important innovation strategy for enterprises. However, currently very little research has focused on how such university-industry collaborative innovation activities should be managed. The paper aims to discuss this issue.


This paper introduces the university-industry collaborative innovation practices of Zhejiang NHU Company in China. By using a case study as the method, this paper aims to illustrate the mechanism of university-industry collaborative innovation and how to manage the collaborative innovation activities efficiently.


Zhejiang NHU Company established a university-industry collaborative innovation link through three innovation platforms: the technology R&D center, the ZJU-NHU joint-research center, and the national engineer center. Zhejiang NHU Company manages its collaborative relationships with universities through this innovation network.


NHU Company managed the collaborative relationship efficiently with the institutions, representing an effective degree of university-industry collaborative innovation management.



The authors thank the President Boshan Hu and his team of Zhejiang NHU Company for our interview. This study was fnded by the Zhejiang Soft Science Research Project (Contract No. 2017C25015) and Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST 104-2511-S-003-033-MY2 and MOST 103-2511-S-003-045-).


Li, F., Chen, J. and Su, Y.-S. (2018), "Managing the university-industry collaborative innovation in China: The case of Zhejiang NHU Company", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 62-82.

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