Samarbete = Samverkan?: En fallstudie av AIMday vid Uppsala universitet

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  • Plats: Siegbahnsalen, Ångströmslaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala
  • Doktorand: Severinsson, Kristofer
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  • Arrangör: Industriell teknik
  • Kontaktperson: Severinsson, Kristofer
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As society's main producers of knowledge, universities have been entitled a key role for innovation and economic growth. In most OECD countries, universities have adopted a linear technology transfer model through which intellectual products in the form of patents, licenses and new businesses, are transferred from academic research to industry.

In Sweden, however, law-related circumstances have resulted in a relatively passive technology transfer process at the Swedish universities. In recent years, innovation policy has increased the demand on Swedish universities to increase the external use of academic research by intensifying their interactions with external organizations.

However, interactions between university researchers and external organizations typically forms based on the individual researchers’ incentives. This makes university-industry interactions difficult for the universities to control and steer from management level. In addition, how academic research specifically contributes to external needs through interactions is difficult for the universities to capture, measure and evaluate.

Through an explorative case study the thesis investigates the operationalization of the Swedish universities’ interaction mission. The specific case study focuses on an interaction initiative at Uppsala University, trademarked as AIMday, and managed by the university´s innovation support organisation. AIMday has spread both at an intra- and inter-organizational level, despite the lack of measurable results. Through an institutional perspective, inspired by the material object and its involvement in organizational action, the study identifies several factors and other mechanisms influencing the spread of AIMday.

The study reveals a complex process for spread and institutionalization, driven by the need for external legitimation but dependent on the interaction between Uppsala University’ innovation support organisation, objectified idea and its material properties, the target groups for the interactions (researchers and external organizations) and other universities.