Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2018, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (2): 38-61.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2018-0008

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A Study of Methods to Identify Industry-University-Research Institution Cooperation Partners based on Innovation Chain Theory

Haiyun Xu 1(), Chao Wang 1,3, Kun Dong1,3, Rui Luo1,3, Zenghui Yue4, Hongshen Pang5   

  1. 1Chengdu Documentation and Information Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
    2Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, Beijing 100038, China
    3University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 101407, China
    4School of Medical Information Engineering, Jining Medical University, Rizhao 276826, China
    5Library, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
  • Received:2018-05-03 Revised:2018-05-03 Online:2018-06-13 Published:2018-06-14


Purpose: This study aims at identifying potential industry-university-research collaboration (IURC) partners effectively and analyzes the conditions and dynamics in the IURC process based on innovation chain theory.Design/methodology/approach: The method utilizes multisource data, combining bibliometric and econometrics analyses to capture the core network of the existing collaboration networks and institution competitiveness in the innovation chain. Furthermore, a new identification method is constructed that takes into account the law of scientific research cooperation and economic factors.Findings: Empirical analysis of the genetic engineering vaccine field shows that through the distribution characteristics of creative technologies from different institutions, the analysis based on the innovation chain can identify the more complementary capacities among organizations.Research limitations: In this study, the overall approach is shaped by the theoretical concept of an innovation chain, a linear innovation model with specific types or stages of innovation activities in each phase of the chain, and may, thus, overlook important feedback mechanisms in the innovation process.Practical implications: Industry-university-research institution collaborations are extremely important in promoting the dissemination of innovative knowledge, enhancing the quality of innovation products, and facilitating the transformation of scientific achievements.Originality/value: Compared to previous studies, this study emulates the real conditions of IURC. Thus, the rule of technological innovation can be better revealed, the potential partners of IURC can be identified more readily, and the conclusion has more value.

Key words: Institutions collaboration, Collaboration network, Innovation chain, Industrial chain, Industry-university-research institutions