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Developing absorptive capacity for midstream science in open innovation contexts

Published Online:pp 447-462

Open innovation and absorptive capacity research address similar issues related to the transfer of knowledge in settings where a broader perspective can yield benefits through collaboration between organisations and individuals. Both, however, have traditionally emphasised a 'firm' and 'commercial' focus. Here, we argue that these literatures can be fruitfully combined, particularly when considering the relatively under-researched partnering of public-sector researchers within mid-stream science research collaborations with commercial firms in a cross-cultural context.


science-industry collaboration, open innovation, National Science Challenges, NSCs, academic engagement, absorptive capacity, New Zealand