A multiple-case study on university-industry relations from neo-institutional perspective

Yılık, Mehmet Ali
This study aims to investigate what characterizes Turkish Technology Development Zones’ (TDZ) structures and functions, and how these structures and functions impact Turkey’s knowledge and technology production policy and higher education policy from the point of view of a neo-institutional conceptual framework. This is a multiple-case study of three TDZs in two research-intense universities and an institute of high technology in Turkey. Data sources include rich data informants from TDZs and universities as well as strategic plans, activity reports, and policy documents. Data collection instruments are a semi-structured interview form and a document analysis form. The study uses a code list and content analysis technique to analyze data via a qualitative data analysis software called MAXQDA. The data have been processed in the form of both within-case and cross case analyses. Results show that only few top performing TDZs leverage Turkey’s becoming a knowledge economy, and its international visibility regarding knowledge and technology production. In search of legitimacy and efficiency in their organizational fields, universities and their TDZs yield to pressures from neoliberal and new managerial ideologies, and entrepreneurial university approach; thus, adapt their organizational structures and core operations by displaying isomorphism. TDZs experience several conflicts regarding critical mass, ownership conflict in knowledge and technology production, business culture conflict, inadequacy conflict, managerial conflict, and legal gaps and political conflict. TDZs also appear to be drivers of transformation of higher education; they are likely to influence knowledge and technology production policy and implementation more than higher education policy making and implementation.


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Citation Formats
M. A. Yılık, “A multiple-case study on university-industry relations from neo-institutional perspective,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2018.