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Aligning doctoral education with local industrial employers needs: a comparative case study
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre.
Univ Stavanger, Norway.
2019 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Doctoral education was primarily designed to answer the human resources needs of academia. However, nowadays, increasing numbers of doctorate holders seek employment outside academia. Accordingly, doctoral education can be one of the means by which universities take part in the development of industry in their regions. This study explores whether and how doctoral-level skills are being adapted to the needs of local industrial employers in two different contexts. Two research and science parks situated next to research-intensive universities in Sweden and Spain were chosen as cases for an exploratory and comparative study. In these parks, local industrial employers conduct Ramp;D activities that make them potentially attractive destinations for doctoral graduates. Similarities in the cases were found regarding the process of adaptation of doctoral education at the adjacent universities to meet the industrial employers needs in the parks. Discrepancies are also highlighted regarding stages of development, institutional settings, geography and culture. Implications for several stakeholders are formulated to improve the process analysed in the study concerning better alignment of doctoral education with industrial employers need for generic skills.

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Routledge, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Doctoral education; science and technology parks; university-industry collaboration; generic skills; transferable skills
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-159144DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2019.1637401ISI: 000475016900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85068804042OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-159144DiVA, id: diva2:1339524
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Funding Agencies|H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions [722295]

Available from: 2019-07-30 Created: 2019-07-30 Last updated: 2019-08-23Bibliographically approved

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