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Institutional logics in the open science practices of university–industry research collaboration

4 July 2023

"Open Science does not only apply to the academic world, but also to R&D intensive companies conducting academic research.

Why science is made ‘open’ now is due to technological development. We no longer need to rely on letters and printed books to disseminate scientific knowledge. In practice, open science stands for many things – but most commonly for openly accessible research articles, openly shared research data, science communication and ways to make education more open (e.g. MOOCs). Openly shared research results and data benefit all of humanity – not least the private sector as open science can be seen as the basis for open innovation.

In our article, we investigate open science practices in two typical cases of research collaboration between universities and industry (medical and tech fields, financed by Business Finland and Horizon2020) in Finland.

Here's three interesting findings from our paper:
1️⃣ Sustainable values are an emerging set of social norms that motivate people to apply open science practices in university-industry research collaboration (UIRC)

2️⃣ Contracts enable open science – Finland’s old-school engineering culture based on trust, where written contracts are not necessarily made between the research collaboration parties, might be fast, but it doesn’t foster open science in the long term. It’s wise to agree on the boundaries of openness, which enables open information sharing: publishing and communicating about research results openly and sharing research data

3️⃣ Applying open science practices in UIRC was perceived as justified due to public funding invested in UIRC. This ‘state logic’ was strong among all sectors – also among the business sector

The insights of this research work were used as an evidence-base in Finland’s Open Science Coordination’s Openness in Company Collaboration working group, where a recommendation for applying open science practices in UIRC was created.

Check out the Recommendation for a more practical angle from here:"

Source: LinkedIn post by Annina Lattu