Dissertation: Facilitating university-industry collaboration with a multi-level stakeholder perspective

University–industry collaboration has been acknowledged as a vital source of innovation. However, despite its rather long history, a number of barriers to such collaboration remain, and the ways to overcome them have remained unknown. The research field particularly calls for a thorough exploration of the ways to connect the key stakeholders of the Triple Helix (university, industry, government), including the involvement of a fourth stakeholder, the collaboration' intermediary. The university–industry collaboration is a complex collective action, which reflects in the heterogeneous nature of its key stakeholders' goals, knowledge bases, perceptions, culture, and power. Furthermore, this collective action happens across different levels of analysis: from the intra-organisational, through the organisational towards the inter-organisational level and the ‘impact agenda' calls it to have an influence on the society level.

Given the complexity of stakeholders collective actions, the research field has been lacking cross-level links between the related theoretical streams. The doctoral dissertation by Ekaterina Albats assists in finding ways to facilitate university–industry collaboration by studying each of the focal stakeholders' perspectives at the various levels of analysis and contributes to the development of a multi-level stakeholder-based lens.

Information about the dissertation

Ekaterina Albats, Master of Science in Technology, will defend her doctoral dissertation at LUT on May 26th at 12.00, Auditorium of the Student Union House. Her dissertation is titled "Facilitating university-industry collaboration with a multi-level stakeholder perspective" ("Yritysten ja yliopistojen välinen yhteistyö tarkasteltuna monitasoisten sidosryhmien perspektiivistä"). Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke, Hasselt University, Belgium will act as opponent. Professor Marko Torkkeli of LUT will act as custos. 

Library information

The dissertation has been published in the Acta Universitatis Lappeenrantaensis research series number 798 of the university. ISBN 978-952-335-233-9 ISBN 978-952-335-234-6 (PDF) ISSN-L 1456-4491 ISSN 1456-4491. The electronic version can be found from LUTPub-database http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-335-234-6 . A printed version of the dissertation may be purchased from the Aalef bookstore, tel. +358 44 744 5511, or at kirjakauppa@aalef.fi or online from the LUT Shop: https://lutshop.lut.fi/.

Further information:
Ekaterina Albats, ekaterina.albats@lut.fi