A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Companies’ human capital for university partnerships: A micro-foundational perspective

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Albats Ekaterina, Bogers Marcel, Podmetina Daria
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume number: 157
ISSN: 0040-1625
eISSN: 1873-5509
JUFO-Level of this publication: 3
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


strategic partnerships, particularly university partnerships, is among the important
aspects of companies’ innovation strategies that shape their innovation
performance. While research has uncovered many macro-level attributes of such
partnerships, the micro-level, including the human side, of these inter-organizational relationships is only
partly understood. We especially lack an understanding of how individual,
manager-level characteristics facilitate company collaboration with partners such
as universities. Applying a micro-foundational lens and building on 10 qualitative
case studies, we identify how companies’ human capital helps overcome barriers
and enhance the drivers of university–industry collaboration.
We propose a two-dimensional framework consisting of companies’ human capital
components and their managerial roles for university partnerships—attitudinal,
relational, and cognitive—to guide future research on human capital in the
context of university–industry strategic partnerships. The framework will also
assist managers and recruiters in better understanding the role of human
capital in their collaborations with universities.

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