Hendon Town Hall Committee Room 3, the Burroughs, NW4 4BT
Join us for a Centre for Economic Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) seminar led by Andrew Johnston, Principal Lecturer in business at Sheffield Hallam University, International Business and Economics Research Group (IBERG).
Andrew will present: Role of Proximities in the Formation of University-Industry Links: Evidence from the UK's Food Manufacturing and Technology Sector
Universities are increasingly seen as 'anchor institutions' in innovation systems, with policymakers ever keener to encourage their engagement with external partners in order to promote shared learning and knowledge transfer.
This seminar seeks to understand why a given firm chooses to develop a collaborative linkage with a particular university, given the potential uncertainties that surround the development of these links.
Utilising a specially constructed dataset containing details of 249 collaborative projects that occurred between food manufacturing and technology firms and UK universities, the seminar presents analysis from a logistic regression that models the influence of spatial and non-spatial proximity, as well as the characteristics of potential university partners on the propensity for a collaborative link to form.
The results show that both proximities have a positive and significant effect on the probability of a collaborative linkage forming, with the spatial proximity having a larger influence overall.
Also, a reinforcing effect was observed with respect to non-spatial proximity and the networking capabilities of a university, highlighting the relationship between the ability of academics to develop links with firms and their ability to foster interaction with a specific sector.
Dr Andrew Johnston is currently Principal Lecturer in International Business and Economics at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University.
He is leader of the International Business and Business Economic subject group as well as director of the International Business and Economics Research Group (IBERG). His research examines the inter-related processes of innovation and entrepreneurship with respect to the regional economic development process, particularly university-industry linkages, and international entrepreneurship/international new ventures.
His interests focus on the open, or systemic, nature of both innovation and entrepreneurship, specifically on the roles of proximities in facilitating external links with respect to both innovation and entrepreneurship, specifically in seeking to develop collaborative links with universities, and, secondly, among entrepreneurs and support organisations.