The issue of broadly-understood ties and collaboration between business and science is one of the key issues constituting the foundations for the modern knowledge-based
economy, which relies on innovations and competitiveness in technically and scientifically advanced branches. The article outlines the theoretical perspective for studies on
the effects of this cooperation. Taking into consideration the richness of the aspects and sub-issues of the problem which should be analysed, the paper implicitly prepares the
“groundwork” for more detailed empirical studies based on the overview of different approaches and methods used in the literature, concluding - not only from the literature but mainly from the special characteristics of the “start-up world” - that the most suitable theoretical approach for properly constructed empirical studies is the network theory in general and the social capital perspective in particular. The subject of “hard” forms of cooperation between science institutions and business (start-ups in particular) requires more insight into the network approach to entrepreneurship. Secondly, the article presents an overview of the literature, concentrating on studies which analyse cooperation between knowledge-based entities (universities) and business in practice, as well as a detailed example of one such case study. The case study which was discovered in the literature, namely
cooperation between Ericsson and ITU, is related to network concepts discussed in the theoretical part.
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Agnieszka Domańska is a professor at the Warsaw School of Economics in Warsaw (SGH), where she teaches microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and other subjects. She has been employed
at the SGH Institute for International Studies in the Department of International Econom ic Policy in the Collegium of Socio-Economics. Prof. Domańska was the stipend holder of the DAAD’s (German government’s) foundation (research conducted at the Institute for the World Economy in Kiel), 7th
EU Framework Programme Human Capital – research and didactic stays at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands) and ZSEM in Zagreb (Croatia), Polish Ministry of Science, as well as the Canadian Liddle-Dekaban Foundation (University of Glasgow). She has taught at numerous foreign universities, e.g.: Faculty of Economics University of Coimbra and Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa (Lisbon) in Portugal, Athens Univesity of Economics and Business (Greece), University of Economics in Prague, Ilia State University in Tbilisi (Georgia), American University in Cairo (Egypt) and many others. She is the author of almost forty articles published individually or with co-authors in renowned scientific periodicals indexed in scientific articles bases such as RePec, CEJSH, Index Copernicus or CEEOL or as chapters in books and monographs. She is a member of the International Forum for Economic Research and the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences. She also holds the position of President of the Polish Economic Society (PTE) Branch in Warsaw, and is a member of the PTE National Board as well as the PTE Research Committee.