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A wider perspective on research utilisation at technical universities in Sweden
KTH. (The division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
KTH. (The division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is an ongoing discussion concerning how academic research is being utilised in industry and society and how this can be measured and encouraged by using performance based resource allocation. The professor privilege in Sweden causes many utilisation activities to occur informally and directly with partners outside of academia, with the consequence that university management may lack full insight into the utilisation processes and the processes become difficult to measure. To contribute to this lack of knowledge, this study has been undertaken to describe how current utilisation-activities at a technical university in Sweden look like from the researchers’ perspective. Attitudes and possibilities to utilise research in society and industry have been studied through interviews with researchers in 16 divisions active in the field of energy.

The results show a large variety among the studied divisions in both capabilities and attitudes towards utilising research. Divisions that mainly collaborate with industrial partners instead of governmental organisations turns out to have more entrepreneurial activity in form of patenting and business start-ups compared to divisions that mostly collaborate with governmental organisations. This indicates that the usage of key performance indicators (KPIs), such as patents and business start-ups, would favor divisions with mostly industrial collaborations while unfavorably portraying divisions with mostly governmental collaborations. These KPIs are therefore unfit to use for resource allocation purposes for every type of research division. 

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Keyword [en]
KPI, KPIs, Research utilisation, Swedish universities, energy-related research, energy, research
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210484OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210484DiVA: diva2:662874
22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference 2013 Reykjavik
Available from: 2013-11-08 Created: 2013-11-08 Last updated: 2014-01-10

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