Intermediary Interpreters in University-Industry Collaboration to Support Manufacturing SMEs

Roderick Walden (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and Anton Nemme (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 151
EISBN13: 9781799878032|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4387-0.ch007
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This chapter will present a series of university-industry collaboration (UIC) projects between a university industrial design research unit and various small-medium (manufacturing) enterprises (SMEs) with a focus on the facilitators role in these projects. Previous research has referred to ‘innovation intermediaries' as a term to define (service) firms that proactively facilitate collaboration between two or more parties in innovation projects. In terms of technological development these have been exemplified as research and technology organisations (RTOs). The authors suggest an adjacent term ‘intermediary interpreters' to describe the key facilitator by bringing together the term 'intermediaries' and the term ‘interpreters' as they are defined by Roberto Verganti. These individuals have specialised external expertise and ability to take part in the ‘design discourse; to support innovation. The authors argue that intermediary interpreters are an important third party in UIC projects that provide unique support that can help SMEs embrace innovation strategy and more effectively internationalise.
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