Science and business cooperation. Barriers in Poland within the context of selected European and North American countries

- dr hab. Dariusz Trzmielak

This article focuses on the theoretical and empirical analysis of factors affecting the cooperation between science and business. The author will present the results of empirical research conducted in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Norway, the United States of America and Canada. The analysis will indicate how and which factors: structural, systemic, competence or awareness and cultural can be utilised in the commercialisation of knowledge and technologies. The analysis of research outcomes which underpins this study is also set on the following assumptions:

  • Every country has different barriers to cooperation between scientists and entrepreneurs;
  • Polish scientists and entrepreneurs should rely on proven and significant factors conducive to cooperation between science and business in Poland;
  • Academic centres in Poland can benefit from the experience gained by other countries to intensify its model of cooperation with entrepreneurs.

The article will showcase the research results that relate to the identification of selected problems occurring in establishing and maintaining cooperation between Polish scientific research organisations and entrepreneurs in the context of selected countries whose respondents were subject to empirical research.

dr hab. Dariusz Trzmielak, University of Łódź, Poland is an employee at the Department of Management, University of Lodz, Director of Center for Technology Transfer University of Lodz, and a member of Directors Board of University of Lodz Innovation Center and High-tech Accelerator Foundation, and the Supervisory Board GeneaMed LLC. Since 2012 he has been a board member and treasurer of the Association of Organizers of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Poland. Since 2005, dr hab. Dariusz Trzmielak is a part of the Fellows Network of Creativity and Capital Institute of the University of Texas, organizing international meetings and conferences, and publications in the area of ​​technology policy and innovation. He specializes in assessing the market potential for technology and innovation. His main interests are focused on assessing the market for new technologies. Until 2008 Dariusz Trzmielak was also the vice-president of the Innovation Centre – Technology Accelerator of the Foundation of the University of Lodz. Until 2007 he was the director of the Centre of Innovation at the American – Polish Offset Program University of Texas – University of Lodz. He has published over 95 scientific papers, including 6 books and 10 monographs on his own or as an editorial co-author. His scientific output includes 30 items written in foreign languages ​​including one monograph co-edited for the Purdue University Press (USA).

DOI: 10.14611/minib.18.04.2015.14

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