Making academia–industry collaborations work

About this video

Early career researchers are increasingly expected to collaborate with industry partners on specialized projects. Being used to an academic environment and independent working patterns, an industry partnership can be tricky for academics. 

Successful partnerships are meant to be symbiotic, but there are numerous pitfalls associated with collaborative research. From goal misalignment, competing timeframes, and changing personnel to ensuring continued access to data and resources, the complications of collaboration can overshadow the benefits and compromise the direction of the research.

In this webinar, collaborative research experts highlight the main red flags in industry-academic partnerships and narrow down the ways to avoid, overcome or cope with the challenges faced by researchers in collaborative research. You’ll come away with a roadmap on how to efficiently collaborate with industry partners, while making sure that all parties benefit from it.

About the presenters

David Noble

Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer, School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Australia

David Noble is a doctoral researcher and academic, focusing upon project management, and in particular the “soft skills” required for collaborative effectiveness. His publications have examined the interaction between government policy and collaborative competencies, especially in university-industry research projects. He is currently Course Coordinator for the Master of Project Management, and is undertaking his PhD in the area of university-industry research collaborations.

Robyn Keast

Professor, School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Australia; former Chair of the Collaborative Research Network: Policy and Planning for Regional Sustainability

Robyn Keast has an extensive research portfolio, covering, for example, governance, government/community relations, social and public policy, police-corruption, interest-based negotiation and asset management. Robyn is recognised internationally for her research on networked arrangements and collaborative practice and has extensive experience in working with government, industry and community groups, having led numerous research projects in social services integration. She also chaired the Collaborative Research Network: Policy and Planning for Regional Sustainability, and has had leadership roles with several  hard-infrastructure projects, including the Strategic HR Program within the Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Engineering Asset Management, the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, and Research Director for the Airport Metropolis Project.

Michael B. Charles

Associate Professor, School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Australia

Michael Charles has considerable experience in the management of collaborative research. For example, he has previously been the Program Leader of the Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability Program in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Rail Innovation, where he worked with business academics, safety experts and engineers. Inspired by his background in managing collaborative research projects and his interest in improving research outcomes and industry engagement, he is currently involved in research pertaining to the effectiveness of CRCs in promoting innovation and the development of a collaborative competency framework for participants in University-Industry Collaboration (UIC) projects. His current role as School Director Higher Degree Research and Course Coordinator for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) has provided him with significant insight into the contemporary management of HDR affairs.