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University-Industry Collaboration in High-Tech Fields in the U.S. and Europe


Global competition between countries has fostered innovation policies towards promoting collaborations between universities and industry and towards commercialization of knowledge production. These developments are believed to have permeated the organizational structure and culture of universities as well as the nature of traditional academic work, norms and identities.

This project is aimed at understanding the patterns of the development towards 'academic capitalism' by focusing on the following research questions:

  1. How have research commercialization policies influenced universities as organizations?
  2. What impact do they have on various aspects of academic work?
  3. What changes can be observed in academic culture and identities at the level of university organization as well as of individual scientists?

The research questions are addressed by drawing on literature and document analysis combined with analysis of interview data.

Project Period

2014 – 2016

Project Team

Principal investigator
Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leišytė

Project staff
Dr. Lisa Sigl (postdoctoral researcher)


  • Leišytė, L. (2013). Research commercialization and academic autonomy: Views from the academic heartland. Keynote at the Jean Monnet Center, University of Leeds, February, 2013.
  • Leišytė, L. (2013). An entrepreneurial university and its socio-economical context. Presentation at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg BMBF funded workshop "Strategic Change and Organizational Transformation of Higher Education Institutions", Lüneburg, November 22.
  • Leišytė, L. (2013). Academic capitalism in Dutch universities. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), San Diego, October 9-12.
  • Leišytė, L. (2012). Understanding academic work in the changing institutional environment: faculty autonomy, productivity and identity in Europe and the U.S. Presentation made in the conference on Changing Conditions and changing approaches of academic work, Berlin, June 4-6.
  • Leišytė, L. & Horta, H. (2011). Introduction to a special issue: Academic knowledge production, diffusion and commercialization: policies, practices and perspectives. Science and Public Policy, 38(6), 422-424.
  • Leisyte, L. (2011). Research commercialization policies and their implementation in the Netherlands and in the U.S. Science and Public Policy, 38(6), 437-448.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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