Inter-organizational Collaboration: A Key to Success in Technological Innovation

  • Ronald L. Sampson


Every country, industry, organization and researcher faces enormous challenges in today’s rapidly changing world. The stakes are high for everyone in this increasingly competitive environment as economic growth and prosperity, standards of living, and even the survival of entire social systems are at risk. The challenges of change and competition we face are global in nature, as are the opportunities they create. Collaboration between individuals and organizations of all types is becoming a universal response to these challenges, and researchers in every field are at the forefront of the effort to turn challenges into opportunities. By way of survey and illustration, this paper is intended to review the situation with particular emphasis on why: (1) technological innovation is so important in today’s world; and, (2) inter-organizational collaboration is seen as a key to successful innovation. To provide examples of such collaboration in action, some of the worldwide initiatives to foster collaboration are cited. Particular emphasis is given to those initiatives which help bridge between the very different sectors of industry, government and academe.


Technological Innovation Tertiary Institution Successful Innovation Plant Lipid High Technology Industry 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald L. Sampson
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  1. 1.Queensland Innovation Centre LimitedBrisbaneAustralia

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