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Design of innovation spaces in universities : a tool to support the management of Academy-Industry projects

  • Delgado, Lorena
Publication Date
Sep 20, 2022
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Universities are a very important actor in contributing to the development of countries, not only from an academic and research point of view, but also from a linkage role with industry and society. Advances in science and technology make it possible to provide answers to different problems and needs in all areas of development. So, innovation and specifically innovation spaces (IS) represent an opportunity for collaboration between universities and their environment. However, the great diversity of types of innovation spaces presents a challenge in its implementation. Each type of space proposes a different configuration, objectives, operation and results, making it difficult to formalize a reference framework for their creation and management.This thesis seeks to answer the question of how to design and manage an IS in a university to support the development of its missions. A conceptual model is proposed considering the intersection between the factors inherent to innovation spaces and the factors that represent the university's missions, represented in 7 dimensions (strategic, physical, technological, social, emotional, cognitive and financial). Based on the conceptual model, a tool is proposed to evaluate the maturity of the innovation space by obtaining a multidimensional diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, a recommendations plan is generated that proposes two strategies to support decision-making in the definition of IS improvement plans. Finally, in order to work on the dynamics of the space, a management tool for project development is proposed. The tool analyzes the projects' needs profile and the result of the IS maturity assessment to define a follow-up plan based on the stage gate methodology.The experimentation phase is carried out in two stages: first, the conceptual model is applied in different IS in universities in Chile to evaluate their level of maturity. Second, an innovation space is chosen among the universities studied and the management tool is implemented in the development of a project. For the managers of the innovation spaces studied, both the evaluation model and the project monitoring tool achieve their objective of supporting decision making for the planning and operation of the space, indicating to them what concrete actions they should adopt according to their development objectives.

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