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Success Factors for Industry-University Collaboration through IS Industry Boards: A Mexican Case Study

Success Factors for Industry-University Collaboration through IS Industry Boards: A Mexican Case Study
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Author(s): Carlos J. Navarrete (University of Redlands, USA) and James B. Pick (University of Redlands, USA)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch014

Abstract

This paper examines how to promote industry-university collaboration through industry boards. Based on a case study of the Information Systems (IS) industry board of a private university in Mexico City, the paper presents why industry collaboration is important for IS academic programs, and how this collaboration can be reached through an industry board. The paper gives insights on how to form, operate, and evaluate an industry board. Then, it presents how this function was carried out at a private university, showing the impact of the board on the academic performance and IS programs. Two research questions address the critical success factors for an industry board and whether an industry board differs between developing and advanced nations. The results identify the critical success factors for industry boards and point to three areas that distinguish boards in developing versus advanced nations. Lastly, the paper concludes with a set of recommendations to enhance IS programs through industry advisory boards.

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