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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsCollaboration for Innovation

Course Information

Target group

The summer school is targeted at PhD students that are developing research in the field of collaboration for innovation and open innovation.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English .


The summer school programme will start on Sunday and end on Friday evening. We recommend participants to arrive before Sunday 3PM, so they can participate in the welcoming activities.

Download the preliminary programme

The summer school will start on Sunday with a guided city tour that will be followed by a welcome dinner. This opening social event will be followed by five days of academic activities aimed at developing the knowledge and skills of the participants.
On Monday, following the introduction to the summer school, there will a session focused on the process of writing a PhD thesis on the field of collaboration for innovation. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to present their PhD projects.
Each of the following three days will be dedicated to specific level of analysis: Tuesday to firm level collaboration, on Wednesday the focus will move to the team level and on Thursday attention will be given to the role of networks on innovation activities. These days will include seminars from top scholars in the each field, sessions focused on methodological challenges and interactive activities. On Thursday afternoon, the participants will discuss their work and reflect on the inputs that they got during the summer school.
On Friday morning the discussion will be focused on how collaborative innovation is managed in international environments. In the afternoon, the summer school will be closed with an open event focused on the interactions between policy and research in the field of collaboration for innovation. In this event, managers from SME and policy makers will discuss the challenges faced by businesses in collaborative environments and how research can contribute with possible solutions. The summer school will end with a farewell dinner


Learning outcomes

After this summer school you are able to:
1. Gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical perspectives used by existing research on collaboration for innovation.
2. Understand the methodological challenges associated to research on collaboration for innovation.
3. Identify research opportunities that address managerial and policy challenges.
4. Improve network skills.

Workload + certificate

The workload of this summer school entails 50 hours including preparatory work. After successful completion of the summer school, a certificate of attendance will be awarded.

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