Achieving the Third Mission in the UK: Towards a Theoretical and Practical Framework for University-Business Collaboration

Jarvis, Karlee L. (2023) Achieving the Third Mission in the UK: Towards a Theoretical and Practical Framework for University-Business Collaboration. DBA thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/30PQ3RZ4

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Abstract

The thesis aims to build a contextualised rich description of complex and possibly opposing views of the same phenomena of the Third Mission. It is becoming increasingly important for UK universities (and especially Business Schools as anchor institutions) to collaborate with businesses to achieve local economic growth, thus achieving the Third Mission. The research design follows a constructivist, inductive stance however, it is based on secondary data, so it uses a modified qualitative systematic literature review (MQSLR) methodology. Twenty-one articles selected via the MQSLR were thematically analysed and synthesised, with the NVIVO software tool used to facilitate the coding process. A number of themes and sub themes are interpreted from the selected literature. These include themes based on the context, exposure, mechanisms, and outcomes of the Third Mission activity in the UK. The research informs development of a new Third Mission Framework for a university (in particular, a Business School) to help create the conditions to achieve the Third Mission. This theoretical and practical framework offers opportunities for a university to consider their approach towards both explicit and tacit knowledge exchange. The findings show that it is important to formalise measurement of two key outcomes: firstly, the extent to which there are Third Mission structures/systems in place and secondly, the extent to which Third Mission behaviours are adopted. The new Third Mission Framework utilises the SOGI framework (Society-Organisation-Group-Individual) and modified CEMO framework (Context-Exposure-Mechanism-Outcome). This enables the multi-level and complex phenomenon of the Third Mission to be approached (by a university and in particular a Business School) in a heterogenous rather than isomorphic way. The research finishes by proposing new contextualised definitions of the Third Mission and making recommendations for future study.

Item Type: Thesis (DBA)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Williams, Suescwilliams@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/sue-williams/
Vieira, Rachelrvieira@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/rachel-vieira/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business schools, UK; University-Business collaboration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD58 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2023 12:57
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2023 12:57
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/13421

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