Industry-University Collaborations in Research for Information Systems: An Exploratory Study of a Management Model

Industry-University Collaborations in Research for Information Systems: An Exploratory Study of a Management Model

Tom O’Kane (Motorola Labs, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-114-8.ch013
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Research collaborations between industry and the academic community are now commonplace and continuing to flourish. While both entities are involved in problem solving, their motivations and objectives appear to be quite different; industrial research being primarily driven by business needs to improve cost, quality, and so forth, academic research ostensibly driven by the desire to push the boundaries of knowledge but in reality driven by the need to “publish or perish.” Recognizing the differences, and indeed the complementary aspects of these respective motivations and objectives, has been repeatedly cited in the literature as a critical success factor for such collaborations. While much has been written especially from the academic perspective on various aspects of research collaborations, there is relatively little from the industrial perspective, especially with regard to a management model, that could be used to guide such research project collaborations. This chapter is written from an industry perspective and it explores such a model specifically for managing information systems (IS) research projects. Nowadays, and increasingly so, the business of software production will follow a defined software process to provide good management of projects and to guide both the management and engineering aspects of development. This chapter suggests an extension of these principles to produce a process management framework that software companies can use for research project collaborations with universities.

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Glenn R. Lowry, Rodney L. Turner
Glenn R. Lowry, Rodney L. Turner
Chapter 1
Glenn R. Lowry, Rodney L. Turner, Julie Fisher
This chapter presents a dynamic structural model of the relative contribution and importance of education and skills required of information systems... Sample PDF
A Dynamic Structural Model of Education and Skills Requirements for Careers in Information Systems: Perspectives Across Gender and Time
Chapter 2
Eileen M. Trauth
In this chapter we consider the educational needs of the globally diverse information technology (IT) sector and a curriculum that has been... Sample PDF
Leveraging Diversity in Information Systems and Technology Education in the Global Workplace
Chapter 3
Mike Metcalfe
This chapter is about identifying a distinct core competency for information systems (IS) academics. The author is concerned that, while many would... Sample PDF
Critique: Information Systems Academics' Core Competency?
Chapter 4
Ravi Seethamraju
An integrated view of business and multidisciplinary perspectives are considered essential for business graduates in today’s workplace. Recognizing... Sample PDF
Enterprise Systems Software in the Business Curriculum: Aligning Curriculum with Industry Requirements
Chapter 5
Ita Richardson, Sarah Moore, Alan Malone
In the dynamic global economy that exists today the operation and structure of organisations have had to adapt to the reality of the information... Sample PDF
Globalising Software Development in the Local Classroom
Chapter 6
Briga Hynes
Change in the structure and profile of the industrial base in Ireland emphasises the importance of the small firm sector in certain growth sectors.... Sample PDF
Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Getting the Process Right for Information and Communication Technology Students
Chapter 7
Krassie Petrova
This chapter presents the design and results of a study that focuses on students as stakeholders in the education process. A general framework based... Sample PDF
Chapter VII Curriculum Change and Alignment with Industry: The Student Perspective
Chapter 8
Jocelyn Armarego
A review of studies of practitioners of software development reveals a depth of mismatch between their needs and formal education. The conclusion to... Sample PDF
Aligning Learning with Industry Requirements
Chapter 9
Ala M. Abu-Samaha
This chapter aims to articulate the concerns and issues surrounding the relevance of computing programmes of higher education institutes in Jordan... Sample PDF
Relevance of Computing Programmes to Industry Needs in Jordan's Higher Education Institutes
Chapter 10
Zeenath Reza Khan, Ghassan al-Qaimari, Stephen D. Samuel
In today’s fast-paced world, where more and more emphasis is being placed on ethics and ethical behavior in the workplace, the IT industry remains... Sample PDF
Professionalism and Ethics: Is Education the Bridge?
Chapter 11
Phil Carter
This chapter provides an overview of usability and reflects on a number of years of experience in a usability lab. Over this time, an approach to... Sample PDF
Experiential Group Learning for Developing Competencies in Usability Practice
Chapter 12
Mark Conway
Several thousand universities worldwide participate in industry-academic partnerships as a way to expose their students to “real-world” issues and... Sample PDF
Industry-Academic Partnerships in Information Systems Education
Chapter 13
Tom O’Kane
Research collaborations between industry and the academic community are now commonplace and continuing to flourish. While both entities are involved... Sample PDF
Industry-University Collaborations in Research for Information Systems: An Exploratory Study of a Management Model
Chapter 14
Theresa M. Vitolo
Teaching ethics is not about teaching right versus wrong, but is about teaching informed discernment, conscientious decision making, and balanced... Sample PDF
Ethics for the Graduating Class: Issues, Needs, and Approaches
Chapter 15
Kathy Lynch, Julie Fisher
Over the last 100 years, technological advances have changed our lives in our homes and society and have continually impacted on the way we work... Sample PDF
Tomorrow's Workforce Today: What is Required by Information Systems Graduates to Work in a Collaborative Information Systems Workplace?
Chapter 16
Youcef Baghdadi
This chapter introduces the concept-oriented course architecture (COCA); an architecture that utilizes IS concept as a fundamental building block to... Sample PDF
COCA: Concept-Oriented Course Architecture Towards a Methodology for Designing and Teaching Information System Courses
Chapter 17
Yanqing Duan, Daoliang Li
This chapter describes an empirical study that aimed to collect UK small business managers’ views on the importance of staff skills in supporting... Sample PDF
Enhancing the Employability of ICT Students with Hybrid Skills: Insights from a UK Survey with Small Business Managers
Chapter 18
Paul Hawking
In the 1990s there was considerable growth in implementations of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Companies expected these systems to... Sample PDF
Teaching Business Intelligence in Higher Education
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