Building Knowledge Networks in East Asia: the Case of University – Industry Collaboration in Photocatalysis Building

Research Project , Research Report 2004

Kazuhito HASHIMOTO Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The Univ. of Tokyo
Yasunori BABA Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The Univ. of Tokyo
Masaru YARIME Graduate School of Frontier Science, The Univ. of Tokyo
Akira GOTO Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The Univ. of Tokyo

Abstract

Commercializing science involves knowledge transfer from university scientists to corporate researchers and university-industry collaboration allows capture of scientific knowledge by firms, leading to possible market formation. An indictor of a firm’s knowledge capture in the biotechnology industry is found to be the number of research articles written jointly by firm scientists and academics and identifiable collaborations between university scientists and firms have a positive impact on firms’ research productivity. This research observed the collaboration in advanced material focusing on the study of co-author networks in the field of photocatalyst. We used a nucleus of corporation or university, rather than an individual author as an appropriate unit of analysis by developing the institutional affiliation database of each author. Structural and evolutionary network patterns are compared so as to identify distinctive nature of each network and panel analysis is conducted to measure the impact of university-industry collaborations on universities’ research productivity.

Keywords:

Knowledge, Networks, Bibliometrics, Photocatalysis, Chinese Academy of Science