A new university-industry collaboration model to transform Australian manufacturing SMEs

DesignEd Asia Conference Secretariat
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Conference Proceedings of DesignEd Asia 2015, 2015, pp. 195 - 207 (13)
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The spirit of Australian manufacturing was established by a need and desire to innovate at a technical level; nourished by a culture of making, vitalised by our geographic remoteness. Today, Australia finds that it cannot compete in labour-intensive, low-skilled manufacturing and must develop design-driven innovation strategies to survive. Through university- industry collaboration (UIC) manufacturing can be supported in this transition. UIC is complex due to differing incentives and orientation between the goals of industry and university research. Literature analysis on UIC research and of the challenges facing Australian manufacturing combines with a new Integrated Product Design program at the University of Technology Sydney to form the basis of a new UIC model to support local manufacturing industry. The Integrated Product Design Research (ipd-r) UIC model proposes to reduce the barriers to successful UIC by incorporating student projects that appropriately stimulate a longer term UIC engagement necessary for the creation of important strategic innovation integration and new knowledge outcomes. Additionally, we believe that the ipd-r UIC model with its focus on practice-based research is more conducive to the particular attitudes and spirit of Australian manufacturing.
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