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An effective collaboration model between industry and university based on the theory of self organization: A system dynamics model

Mehdi Fateh Rad (Centre for Water and Energy Research, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Mir Mehdi Seyedesfahani (Faculty of Industrial Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Mohammad Reza Jalilvand (Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the relationship between university and industry as two major infrastructures of national innovation system in all leading scientific and industrial settings.

Design/methodology/approach

Large complex organizations with high technology that follow non-linear dynamic rules need to define concepts and adopt new approaches to achieve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Among various models, a dynamic model of innovation was developed based on a joint investment between industry and university. Hence, the concepts of systems thinking and system dynamics were used.

Findings

The results reveal three levels of industry and university communication from the lower levels to the higher levels.

Originality/value

The value of this paper lies in adding two axes of “type of relationship” and “form of relationship” to the axis of “strength of relationship”, and a static three-dimensional space as a spatial capacity of the relationship between the industry and the university has been organized. Further, this is the first study that investigates the dynamic relationship between industry and university based on the self-organization theory and system thinking.

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Acknowledgements

The author sincerely acknowledges the anonymous reviewers for giving constructive criticisms for improving the overall character of this research paper. The remarks given by the reviewers have certainly helped the author in fine-tuning this paper which may be of interest to the readers.

Citation

Fateh Rad, M., Seyedesfahani, M.M. and Jalilvand, M.R. (2015), "An effective collaboration model between industry and university based on the theory of self organization: A system dynamics model", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 2-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-08-2014-0035

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