Boundary spanning roles in cross-border university-industry collaboration: the case of Chinese multinational corporations

Simone Corsi, Xiaolan Fu, Cintia Külzer-Sacilotto

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Abstract

This paper contributes to open innovation (OI) and boundary spanning literatures by providing a first understanding of industry-based boundary spanners in university-industry (U-I) collaboration through case studies of Chinese multinational corporations (MNCs) and their international OI platforms. Organisational roles created by these platforms within the MNCs and their activity of bridging between organisations are examined. The analysis of 25 in-depth interviews in two MNCs located in eight countries, along with internal documents, sheds light on U-I collaboration practices implemented by Chinese MNCs. Two new boundary spanning roles are identified: Dual Cultural Bridger – as these OI platforms bridge organisational and national cultural gaps to prevent and solve problems in the collaborative process; and International Network Enhancer – as these OI platforms act as trust building and local knowledge listening posts for the MNC’s global network. Managerial and policy implications are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-321
Number of pages13
JournalR and D Management
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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