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  • PurposeThe paper aims to identify the requisite attributes and organisation to be displayed by a research university in order to engage successfully in collaborative research with industry partners.Design/methodology/approachThe conceptual framework contrasts the traditional public funding model against the requirements of the triple helix model of governmentuniversityindustry research funding. The framework supports the exploration of a case study of a longstanding and successful joint research partnership, the DundeeKinases Consortium, which links a worldclass life sciences research centre and a group of global pharmaceutical companies.Research limitations/implicationsThe case study provides a starting point, and additional case examinations will confirm the role of resource competences and organisational capabilities in facilitating performance by way of knowledge generation and transfer between partners.FindingsThe design and leadership of the consortium achieves vital performance outcomes, namely: accelerating the production of new knowledge about cell signalling processes relating to serious diseases; and faster transfer of new knowledge into drug development processes of pharmaceutical companies. The development of key enabling capabilities by the university, allied with routines for academicindustry researcher interface, are essential elements of the partnering design.Originality/valueThe paper demonstrates that universityindustry partnerships build on governmentuniversity funding, that universityindustry relationships foster new university capabilities, and moreover, that academic publication is not displaced by the requirements of industry partners.

published proceedings

  • European Journal of Innovation Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Dooley, L., & Kirk, D.

citation count

  • 118

complete list of authors

  • Dooley, Lawrence||Kirk, David

editor list (cited editors)

  • Paz Salmador, M.

publication date

  • August 2007