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Industrial PhD students – a means for developing capabilities for innovation?

Conference paper
Authors Karin Berg
Published in DRUID Academy webpage
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Language en
Subject categories Economics and Business


This paper investigates the collaboration between firms and industrial PhD students, and how this collaboration influences the development of capabilities for innovation at firms. The research is conducted as a case study, focusing on collaborations within the area of automatic control at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The results of the study show that firms benefit in terms of innovation, both directly and indirectly, when collaborating with industrial PhD students. Direct innovation outcomes are for example patents and problem solving activities, while the indirect innovation outcomes are of more intangible character and contribute to the development of firm capabilities for innovation. Thus, industrial PhD students are utilized as strategic resources by firms and influence the firms’ capabilities for innovation.

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