University-industry collaboration as a driver of digital transformation: Types, benefits and enablers

Nina Evans, Andrej Miklosik, Jia Tina Du

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University-Industry collaboration as a driver of digital transformation ultimately depends on the engagement and relationship between individual academics and industry practitioners as partners in a trust relationship. This paper describes the personal ('lived') experiences of academics and industry practitioners. The types, benefits, and enablers of the collaboration were investigated during semi-structured face-to-face interviews with industry partners and academic staff from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) unit at the University of Enterprise in Australia. The types of collaboration included research activities, sharing facilities and equipment, innovation and commercialisation, collaboration involving students projects, collaborative teaching and learning, and sharing facilities and equipment. The benefits of the collaboration include access to valuable resources, validation of work, learning and teaching opportunities, financial benefits, improved reputation and career progression. The enablers of collaboration have been clustered into institutional, output, framework, and relationship factors. In this paper we focus on relationship factors and institutional enablers such as stakeholder engagement. The research is represented in a UA-IP Collaboration Model indicating the types (what), benefits (why), and enablers (how) of academic-practitioner collaboration. Universities and businesses from a variety of industries can benefit from the results of the presented research.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere21017
Number of pages12
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


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