Benchmarking university–industry research cooperation worldwide: performance measurements and indicators based on co-authorship data for the world's largest universities

Robert J W Tijssen, Thed N van Leeuwen, Erik van Wijk
<span title="2009-03-01">2009</span> <i title="Oxford University Press (OUP)"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Research Evaluation</a> </i> &nbsp;
World rankings of universities have become an established research management tool and have taken centre stage in many evaluations of university systems. Surprisingly, there is still no comparative information as to which universities are the world's major providers of research-based information and services to the business sector in general, and science-dependent industry in particular. This paper presents the first results of statistical analyses to help fill this information gap. Our case
more &raquo; ... dy of university-industry research cooperation patterns deals with the world's 350 largest research universities. The statistical data were derived from university-industry co-authored research publications (UICs) that were published during the years 2002-2006 and jointly authored by university researchers and staff employed by business enterprises. The results reveal a host of organizational variables that are likely to determine a university's UIC performance. The various UIC rankings highlight measurement issues and reveal significant differences depending on which UIC indicator is selected for comparison. We conclude that these UICs offer an interesting new source of empirical data for domestic and international comparisons of research universities but, pending further validation studies, university-level UIC statistics should preferably be used only within non-evaluative multidimensional benchmarking frameworks rather than for university league tables.
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