, Volume 84, Issue 3, pp 649–667 | Cite as

Measuring university–industry collaboration in a regional innovation system

  • Irene Ramos-Vielba
  • Manuel Fernández-EsquinasEmail author
  • Elena Espinosa-de-los-Monteros


Studies of university–industry collaboration remain subject to important limitations due to the shortage of empirical data and a lack of consistency in that obtained to date. This article puts into practice a set of universities Third Mission indicators in a regional innovation system. Selected indicators previously compiled from literature were reorganized and pre-tested. We have undertaken two face-to-face surveys of 737 firms and 765 heads of research teams, respectively. The results test the validation of indicators and provide a complex map of university–industry linkages as well as some observations on the flexibility needed to address this issue.


Indicators University–industry collaboration Regional innovation system 



This work was supported by an Andalusia Regional R&D and Innovation Grant Reference SEJ2005-873. We thank Richard Woolley and Carolina Cañibano for their interesting comments and suggestions as well as some others anonymous reviews.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene Ramos-Vielba
    • 1
  • Manuel Fernández-Esquinas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elena Espinosa-de-los-Monteros
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Social Studies, Spanish National Research Council (IESA-CSIC)CórdobaSpain

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