Researcher, I have heard of your innovation. Will you marry me?

Nuria Calvo (Universidade da Coruña, Galicia, Spain)
Jacobo Feás (Accounting and Finance, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain)
David Rodeiro-Pazos (Accounting and Finance, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain)
Braulio Pérez (Fundación Universidade da Coruña, Galicia, Spain)
Sara Fernández-López (Accounting and Finance, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Publication date: 1 October 2018



This paper aims to explore the determinants of firms’ attitudes to R&D cooperation with universities with the goal to propose a model of knowledge transfer university-firm.


By understanding university-industry cooperation as a process, the model in this study is based on two factors: the “promoter of university-industry relations” (PUIR) and a technological system that is able to match the research supply of universities with the demand for innovation of the firms. A total of 375 firms, 420 research groups and 18 experts in knowledge transfer from Spain, Portugal and France have been involved in this study.


This study provides the first evidences of the relation between the number of matches’ demand-supply of research, the number of university-firm relations and the willingness to cooperate; all of these presented in the knowledge transfer model. Results also reinforce the utility of the role of PUIR and the matching system in the open innovation process.

Research limitations/implications

However, more evidences are necessary to get a complete validation of the model. In the future, the continuous utilization of the matching system by the PUIRs of the selected regions will allow the authors to evaluate how well the system is working by analysing the possible increases in formal collaboration university-firm in the area of R&D.


This study contributes to the literature through aligning the open innovation and intellectual capital theories in the specific and complex context of university-firm collaboration. Also, little research regarding this topic has been noticed in SUDOE European Union (EU) countries (SUDOE is an EU territorial cooperation programme that supports regional development by funding transnational projects).



Calvo, N., Feás, J., Rodeiro-Pazos, D., Pérez, B. and Fernández-López, S. (2018), "Researcher, I have heard of your innovation. Will you marry me?", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 264-283.

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