Industry Partnered PhD Projects: Impediments, Coping Strategies and Procedures

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Title Industry Partnered PhD Projects: Impediments, Coping Strategies and Procedures
Author Stewart, Rodney Anthony; Panuwatwanich, Kriengsak
Publication Title Proceedings of 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Engineering the Curriculum
Editor Colin Kestell, Steven Grainger, John Cheung
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Abstract In the modern knowledge-based economy, industry is increasingly seeking to forge alliances with universities to generate innovative products and practices that may provide them with a competitive advantage. Simultaneously, universities are seeking to retain their relevance as the predominant providers of new knowledge, as many companies across a range of industries actively pursue their own research and development agenda, thus generating a greater proportion of all created intellectual capital than previously. There is a growing acceptance of more widespread research project linkages between universities and companies; traditional research training programs such as the PhD are not immune to this changing landscape. Whilst industry partnered PhD projects can potentially have a range of benefits to all concerned parties, particularly the student, current approaches and support mechanisms are far from ideal, presenting a range of impediments to be overcome through effective research project management functions. In an attempt to mitigate such impediments and leverage research training processes and outcomes, achievable from this partnered arrangement, this study explored a range of impediments and coping strategies associated with this form of partnered research training through both reported literature as well as a series of interviews with PhD candidates and their academic as well as industry supervisors. The exploratory study led to a priority list of impediments mapped to the most appropriate coping strategies to overcome them. Moreover, the mapping exercise led to the development of a structured procedure to guide industry partnered PhD projects, which aims to mitigate the various challenges of this style of partnered research arrangement whilst leveraging its benefits.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://aaee.com.au/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 1876346590
Conference name 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Location The University of Adelaide
Date From 2009-12-06
Date To 2009-12-09
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29383
Date Accessioned 2009-12-14
Date Available 2010-08-20T06:26:42Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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