Competency Group: Business
Description: Many Universities have relationships with industrial partners resulting in a two way flow of information. Industrial partners have access some to university expertise and resources and visa versa. The liaison between these groups is generally facilitated through university based industrial extension services.
Citation for Description: Described by authors
Advantages: This service can be invaluable in getting products created. The two way flow of information can spark creativity which ultimately leads to commercialization.
Limitations: Can be difficult to match industrial partners with university researchers and can be very time consuming.
Target Audience: R&D
Relevant to Universal Design: No
Stages and Steps: 4.1
Paid Resource: Macpherson, A. & Ziolkowski, M. (2007). The role of university-based industrial extension services in the business performance of small manufacturing firms: case-study evidence from Western New York. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal, 17(6), 431-447, Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08985620500385601?journalCode=tepn20
Paid Resource: North Carolina State University. (2012). Industrial extension service. Retrieved from http://www.ies.ncsu.edu/about