This paper examines the extent to which both network structure and spatial factors impact on the organizational performance of universities as measured by the generation of industrial research income. Drawing on data concerning the interactions of universities in the UK with large research and development (R&D)-intensive firms, the paper employs both social network analysis and regression analysis. It is found that the structural position of a university within networks with large R&D-intensive firms is significantly associated with the level of research income gained from industry. Spatial factors, on the other hand, are not found to be clearly associated with performance, suggesting that universities operate on a level playing field across regional environments once other factors are controlled for.
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional Studies on 29/10/15, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00343404.2015.1090560
Funding: ESRC (RES-171-25-0023)
- university-industry links
- large research and development (R&D)-intensive firms
- knowledge transfer
- social network analysis