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Dissertation: Win-win-win-win model makes cooperation of HE and enterprises effective

Ms Mirka Leino, MSc (Tech), Principal Lecturer in SAMK created in her dissertation a model for technology development work between higher education institutions and enterprises, where both parties present their needs and share their knowledge.

29.6.2017 | By: modified and translated from TUT press release | Photo: Veera Korhonen

Mirka Leino SAMk automaation tutkimusryhma kuva: Veera Korhonen
Mirka Leino

Mirka Leino analyzed in her dissertation good collaborative practices connected to technology development between higher education institutions and enterprises, and developed new, more practical collaboration models.
– Well-functioning partnerships, applied research that meets the needs of the enterprises, technology knowledge transfer and bringing new knowledge acquired in collaboration flexibly as a part of higher education requires new, nationally and even regionally customized efficient operation models, states Leino.

Strategic partnership is a well-functioning form of collaboration between higher education institutions and enterprises.

According to Leino's research, strategic partnership is a well-functioning form of collaboration between higher education institutions and enterprises.
– When partners recognize each other’s needs and competences and when implementation of planned measures is followed regularly, the end result is collaboration that is confidential, generates innovations and new competences and develops continuously, says Leino.

Enterprises have several competence needs connected to product and production development and higher education institutions have deep knowledge to meet those needs. Applied research can give concrete solutions to companies´ questions and simultaneously technology knowledge is transferred to companies’ human capital.
– For example demonstration and piloting done in research show where technology can be utilized but they also show where they cannot be applied. Demos and pilots are a good low threshold approach to utilizing new technologies.

For example demonstration and piloting done in research show where technology can be utilized but they also show where they cannot be applied.

For example demonstration and piloting done in research show where technology can be utilized but they also show where they cannot be applied. Leino collected her research to a W4 model that acknowledges the perspectives of higher education institutions, enterprises and students.
– W4 describes the win-win-win-win situation created as the result of the activities, where all parties – enterprises, higher education institutions, students and the society – benefit by bringing their own research, development and innovation needs as the target of collective doing, meanwhile giving new, significant capital to each other. The profile of the whole society can be raised by this model of higher education institutions' competence transfer, which means common goals, confidential relations, continuous development and culture of information exchange as well as collaboration that takes into account the needs of the parties, states Leino.

MSc (Tech) Mirka Leino’s doctoral dissertation Developing of a Quadruple Model for Collaborative Research Actions between Higher Education Institutions and Industry was examined publicly at Tampere University of Technology, Pori on 20 June 2017.

For more information, contact: Mirka Leino, email mirka.leino(a)samk.fi, tel. 358 – 44 – 710 3182.

29.6.2017 | By: modified and translated from TUT press release | Photo: Veera Korhonen

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