Enabling and Enacting Boundary Crossing in University-Industry Collaboration
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Inclusive organizations are not only inclusive in an intraorganizational way, but also interorganizationally in the collaboration processes across national boundaries, sectoral and organizational boundaries. By conducting an in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in a university-industry collaboration project, I investigated the micro-dynamics and micro-processes of boundary crossing interactions in which knowledge is co-created. University-industry collaboration is considered as a vital channel for transferring knowledge, generating innovations, and creating social economic impacts. Taking a practice lens, I analyzed what actors actually do in the collaboration processes in their embedded environment. I uncover that actors do boundary crossing by engaging in role work: role drawing and role shifting. I then delineate a four-step processual mechanisms that enact such role work: role performing, role playing, role taking and role making. The findings shed light on 1) early identity formation and change processes; 2) new understanding of successful university-industry collaboration determinants; and 3) the practice of boundary crossing collaborations.
|Journal||Academy of Management Proceedings|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|