According to data from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (data from 2004 to 2014), the total number of Industry-University-Government Alliances during this period more than doubled. However, from the industry side, there are few analyses related to how companies have used outcomes for their business. Thus, an understanding of factors and organizational cooperation processes (internal & external) which stimulate to commercialize outcomes from Industry-University-Government Alliances is needed.From this background, the current study analyzed factors and organizational processes within companies that progressed commercialized alliance outcomes. To analyze factors and processes, the data for case studies were compiled for the Toshiba Corporation in Japan, which participated in Industry-University-Government Alliances for reducing green house effect gas (Name of alliance is Next Generation Energy and Social System Demonstration Project) in Yokohama, Japan. Toshiba was the project leader for the demonstration project and working group leader of six projects out of fifteen. From the analysis, this research found that the projects leader who has both technological knowledge and an understanding of the overall process of the six projects managed the outcomes of projects. Information about the six projects was shared among related projects inside the company. Additionally, there was a tendency for project teams which had already started to develop systems prior to a project to be more positive toward exploitative innovation than project teams who focus on exploratory innovation and just starts to develop their system with the start of the project.
Youngjae Koh, Konan University, Japan
Stream: Economic Sustainability: Sustainable Businesses and CSR
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