Does teaching benefit from university-industry collaboration? Investigating the role of academic commercialization and engagement

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1055
Journal / PublicationScientometrics
Issue number3
Online published22 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


With the incorporation of universities' third mission into their traditional teaching and academic research activities, there has been a burgeoning literature on how the third mission influences universities' academic research, though there is little research on its impact on universities' traditional mission-teaching. This study thus intends to strengthen our understanding of the relationships among universities' three missions by examining the relationship between university and industry collaboration and university teaching performance. Thanks to a unique combined dataset from 61 universities from 2009 to 2013, empirical results indicate that there are distinct effects of collaboration channels on teaching performance. Specifically, there is an inverted U-shaped relationship between academic commercialization and teaching performance, while there is a U-shaped relationship between academic engagement and teaching performance. Academic commercialization and engagement yield a combined positive effect on teaching.

Research Area(s)

  • Chinese universities, Teaching, University commercialization, University engagement, University–industry collaboration