Academics coping with business logic: A study at Indonesian universities

Firmansyah David*, Peter van der Sijde, Peter van den Besselaar

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This paper presents coping mechanisms that address competing institutional logics in University-Business Co-operation (UBC). We examined academics at two Indonesian universities and in two science fields, computer science and electrical engineering. Our findings suggest that the level of the integration of business and science logic determines their coping strategies. Academics can act as a hybrid who bridges the two worlds by “compartmentalizing” them. This study infers that inexperienced academics must “learn” in advance about the logic of business before involving themselves in collaboration with business projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-108
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M
Early online date9 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


“That (the community service) is regarded as the UBC project. I work there because I’ve been assigned by the university. I never do a UBC with the university’s grant; rather I prefer to get funding from outside (business).”

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University of British Columbia


    • Academics
    • Business
    • Coping
    • Hybrids
    • Indonesia
    • Institutional logic
    • University


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