Managing the university-industry collaborative innovation in China: The case of Zhejiang NHU Company

Fei Li, Jin Chen, Yu Shan Su*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: Collaboration with universities is an important innovation strategy for enterprises. However, currently very little research has focused on how such university-industry collaborative innovation activities should be managed. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach: This paper introduces the university-industry collaborative innovation practices of Zhejiang NHU Company in China. By using a case study as the method, this paper aims to illustrate the mechanism of university-industry collaborative innovation and how to manage the collaborative innovation activities efficiently. Findings: Zhejiang NHU Company established a university-industry collaborative innovation link through three innovation platforms: the technology R&D center, the ZJU-NHU joint-research center, and the national engineer center. Zhejiang NHU Company manages its collaborative relationships with universities through this innovation network. Originality/value: NHU Company managed the collaborative relationship efficiently with the institutions, representing an effective degree of university-industry collaborative innovation management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-82
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Organizational Change Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • China
  • Collaborative innovation
  • University-industry collaborative relationship
  • Zhejiang NHU Company

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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