Capturing value from research networks in emerging technologies

Lead Research Organisation: University of Reading
Department Name: International Business and Strategy


Plastic electronics is a disruptive approach to developing and producing low-cost, low-power electronic devices that will have a global impact on a broad range of industry sectors. The United Kingdom is at the forefront of developments in novel materials and applications for a plastic electronics market projected to be worth $300 billion by 2030. To capture a share of this market the UK needs cross-disciplinary, cross-industry, global research and development networks that exploit the research base in UK universities.

This project examines how individuals and the organisations that employ them, capture value from collaborative research networks in plastic electronics in the UK, US and Germany. The project aims to determine whether researchers domiciled in each country have established networks across university-industry and disciplinary boundaries, what motivates their formation, and whether value is captured from them. R&D managers will be interviewed and surveys will be used to collect data from scientists and engineers. Survey questions will examine incentives for collaboration, allocation of time to external relationships, choice of collaborators, and value captured through collaboration. The findings should help identify whether the UK’s international competitiveness in plastic electronics can be enhanced, and should inform managers and policy-makers seeking to foster and support research networks.


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