Modeling of the factors of higher education institutions (HEIs) influencing the strategic linking decisions with the industrial sector: Whole-institution approach

Karina Cecilia Arredondo-Soto, Jean Paul Serrano-Manrrique, Julio Blanco-Fernandez, Guadalupe Hernández-Escobedo, Marco Augusto Miranda-Ackerman, Jorge Luis García-Alcaraz

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Abstract

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are dedicated to the professionalization of human capital; to accomplish this, the link with the productive sector is an active component that must be strengthened through formal mechanisms. The purpose of this paper is to estimate the relationships and effects from the Institutional Framework (IF), as well as from the independent variables in the context of linking HEI with the industrial sector. Survey data were collected from 47 HEIs in the Northwest of Mexico; a mixed research approach was applied and analyzed through the partial least-squares structural equations modeling (PLS-SEM) technique. Although the IF is identified as a relevant aspect for the model, this is not a problem for Mexican HEIs, since the analysis reflects a solid legal framework regarding the common basic levels and research. The main impact for experts who carry out research activities is that the route to creating, maintaining, and promoting integrated academic, technical, and administrative personnel as a specialized work team is not achieved. The main factor that does not contribute for researchers who carry out research activities is that the route to integrating (creating-maintaining-promoting) academic, technical, and administrative personnel as a specialized work team is not achieved. One finding is that the informants agree with the existing stimuli that are not aimed at research linked to the industrial sector and problem-solving through applied research. There is a need for retaining the groups of researchers to help make the benefits for the industry clear by offering advanced linkage levels.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3089
Pages (from-to)3089
Number of pages1
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Decision making in HEI
  • Northwest of Mexico
  • University-industry collaboration

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