Partnering for Performance: Enhancing Partnerships between Post-Secondary Education and Business

The Conference Board of Canada, 141 pages, January 4, 2016
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Partnering for Performance is designed to help Canada’s education, business, government, and community stakeholders understand the value of PSE-business partnerships, and develop and operate ethical, effective, and mutually beneficial collaborations.

Document Highlights

Partnerships between post-secondary education and business are crucial to Canada’s competitiveness and prosperity. They enhance student learning, facilitate research and commercialization, and increase local and regional economic development. PSE-business partnerships are becoming more common in Canada, and use increasingly innovative, complex, and diverse organizational structures. However, PSE institutions, businesses, and community stakeholders could take steps to generate more of the economic and social benefits that Canadians expect.

Ensuring that PSE-business collaborations mutually benefit all partners and stakeholders requires proper planning, effective decision-making, and accurate evaluation. Partnering for Performance is designed to help Canada’s post-secondary education system—including its universities, colleges, institutes, polytechnics, and CEGEPs—businesses, governments and community stakeholders develop and operate ethical, effective, and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Partnerships for a Prosperous Canada

  • Purpose of the Report
  • Overcoming Lagging Innovation and Productivity Through Partnerships
  • Enhancing Skills and Workforce Development Through Partnerships
  • Changing Business Investment Levels in Employee Training
  • Ensuring Partnership Success Through Guiding Principles
  • Partnership Research at The Conference Board of Canada
  • Research Methodology
  • Report Structure

Chapter 2—Partnership Definitions and Concepts

  • Defining PSE–Business Partnerships
  • Partner Profiles
  • PSE–Business Partnerships: Primary Objectives and Types of Interactions
  • Summary

Chapter 3—PSE–Business Partnerships in Canada: Activities, Benefits, and Challenges

  • Research and Development (R&D)-Focused Partnerships
  • Overview of R&D Partnerships in Canada
  • Benefits of R&D Partnerships
  • Skills and Workforce Development Partnerships
  • Overview of Skills and Workforce Development Partnerships
  • Benefits of Skills and Workforce Development Partnerships
  • Key Challenges and Barriers to Successful Partnerships
  • Summary

Chapter 4—Ethical Guidelines for PSE–Business Partnerships

  • Strive for Ideals
  • Adhere to Obligations
  • Manage Effects
  • Summary

Chapter 5—Operating Principles and Value Assessment for PSE–Business Partnerships

  • Operating Principles and Value Assessment
  • Inception and Development
  • Operation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Resources and Financing
  • Governance
  • People Management
  • Communication
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Value Assessment Practices and Tools
  • Value Assessment Process—A Decision-Making Tool to Set Objectives and Assess Value
  • Summary

Chapter 6—Taking Action for Partnership Success

  • Mutual Benefit is Key
  • PSE–Business Partnerships are Important for Canada
  • Strategies for Success
  • Partnering for Performance

Appendix A—Ethical Guidelines Checklist

  • Using the Ethical Guidelines Checklist

Appendix B—Operating Principles Checklist

  • Using the Operating Principles Checklist

Appendix C—Bibliography

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