3 factors for a successful university-business collaboration
Mark Siebert, Director of Research Collaborations at Elsevier, wrote an interesting piece on Elsevier Connect about the ingredients that make a collaboration between academia and industry work. He used his personal impressions and lessons learned from establishing Elsevier’s Discovery Lab. 3 success factors played a role he says:
- Build credibility, reliability and shared excitement as you get to know each other’s unique abilities.
- Differentiate business/research priorities and legal requirements to minimize “self-orientation.”
- Use facilitated communication to connect the interests and expectations that must converge to build trust.
‘There is nothing better in a partnership than winning together’, Siebert concludes.