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Motivations for collaborating with industry: has public policy influenced new academics in Argentina?

Rikap, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-4153-4490 & Harari-Kermadec, H. (2021). Motivations for collaborating with industry: has public policy influenced new academics in Argentina?. Studies in Higher Education, 46(4), pp. 901-912. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1659764


Between 2005 and 2015 a series of science, technology and innovation policies were deployed in Argentina among which academic research collaborations with industry was particularly fostered. This paper studies the effect of those policies on newer researchers, defined as those with PhD or postdoctoral scholarships, looking at their motivations to collaborate and, to some extent, at their actual collaborations with Industry. Our hypothesis is that those policies had a positive effect on young academics’ perception of collaborations with industry, now conceived as a dimension of their job, and also on actual collaborations. To conduct our study, we used an original database constructed from an online survey answered by more than 600 newer researchers. Empirical results partly confirm our hypothesis: a direct policy encouraging collaborations by providing collaborative grants was not associated with actual collaborations, while orienting research towards strategic areas–defined by the Science and Technology Ministry- is.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 28 August 2019, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Public Policy; Academic Research-Industry collaborations; New Academics; Motivations; Argentina.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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