Industry-academia collaboration for realism in software engineering research: Insights and recommendations

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Context: Effective industry-academia collaboration may increase software engineering research relevance by increased realism, yet very challenging for reasons like confidentiality concerns, different objectives and priorities. Objective: We analyse industry-academia collaboration scenarios based on our own experiences as Ph.D. student and supervisor, and provide insights and recommendations to facilitate future collaborations with industry. Method: We first present our industry-academia collaboration experiences that span over two and a half years with different companies. Then, we analyse both facilitators and problems from those scenarios and synthesize recommendations based on that. Results: Five different scenarios are analysed, including both success and failure scenarios. Reflections and insights into these experiences as well as some general recommendations are presented. Conclusion: We believe such experiences and insights are helpful for academic researchers to pursue industry-academia collaboration. We plan to continuously report our experience and provide our suggestions for effective collaboration with industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107135
JournalInformation and Software Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Apr

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Software Engineering

Free keywords

  • Industry-academia collaboration
  • Software engineering


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