University—Industry Relations in Norway

Magnus Gulbrandsen and Lars Nerdrum

in Innovation, Path Dependency, and Policy

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199551552
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720819 | DOI:
University—Industry Relations in Norway

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This chapter analyses the relationship between universities and industry in Norway. Funding figures, publication and patent data, surveys, and interviews all indicate that there has been a slow and steady increase in university-industry relations during the last twenty years. In the 1980s an increase in the share of industry funding of university R&D can be seen, and the 1990s saw a strong growth in PhD students finding work in firms. Many of these trends are found all over the OECD area, although there are large variations across disciplines, institutions, and industries. Some evidence exists to suggest that Norwegian firms may be particularly collaborative when it comes to R&D and innovation. There are, however, also barriers to how close the cross-sector relations may become. For example, data on graduates' transition to work indicate how the shorter-term expectations and needs of firms may be difficult to meet by the universities and colleges.

Keywords: innovation; R&D; policy; funding; graduates; PhD students

Chapter.  10405 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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