Improving Industry- University R and D Partnership Project Management: A Pilot Study


Improving Industry-University R&D Partnership Project Management: A Pilot Study


Quamrul Hasan* and H. M. Belal

Knowledge Science Research Lab,School of Technology Management and Logistics College of Business, University Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia


International Journal of Industrial and Business ManagementIn April 2004, a new law turned Japanese national universities into independent public corporations. This change has increased pressure on them to look to industry for more support than ever before. Since one of the laboratories in Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s (JAIST’s) School of Materials Science is involved in a collaborative project with two industrial partners (one large and one small), we saw an excellent opportunity to conduct a pilot study on an industry-university knowledge partnership for a scientific research and development project in the Japanese national university setting. The purpose of our study is to identify both which areas and considerations have the most influence on such projects and how such projects can be improved. This paper presents our methodology and data results. Most importantly, it presents a list of specific suggestions for improving project performance. Although it was a pilot study with a small number of respondents, this study still may have significance in terms of the suggestions for improving collaborative projects and in regard to the data-gathering methodology we used. We planned to provide results of the study to the project team members and recommend they apply the most important suggestions for improving their project. We also planned to do a follow-up study to determine whether or not the project is improved by the implementation of these key suggestions.


Keywords: Industry-University, R&D partnership, relationship with partner, project management, knowledge creation

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How to cite this article:
Quamrul Hasan and H. M. Belal.Improving Industry-University R&D Partnership Project Management: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Industrial and Business Management, 2018; 2:7. DOI:10.28933/ijibm-2018-06-0701


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