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European study on Boundary Spanning Individuals between University and Industry / Society


Dear Participant,

You are invited to participate in a survey to be conducted as part of "Spanning Boundaries" project funded through the European Commission’s Knowledge Alliance programme.

For further information regarding the project, please visit:

Given the importance of boundary spanning individuals in diffusing knowledge and creating connections between university and industry / society, this survey seeks input of individuals who are engaged in boundary spanning or consider themselves as boundary spanners* to learn about their knowledge and skills.

*We define boundary spanners as individuals who “break down internal and external organisational boundaries in their engagement for collaborative innovation”.

The survey is not an examination or test. There are no good or bad answers. The quality of the data depends highly on your honest opinion. The survey itself will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and all responses will remain anonymous. Your responses will only be used to provide aggregate results. We kindly request that you complete the survey before the 29th of June 2020.

We thank you for your support!

As a measure of thanks, you can request to receive the results of the survey by leaving your email address at the end of this survey (your email address will be saved separately to the data).

The Spanning Boundaries project team

Additional information

For the purpose of this study, the term ‘university’ incorporates all European higher education institutions (HEIs) and ‘industry’ includes privately and publicly owned organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) and not for profit organisations. The term ‘intermediaries’ incorporates chambers of commerce, business associations, investor groups, and regional development agencies. The term ‘cooperation’ includes inter- as well as intra-organisational cooperation.


All information that is collected in this survey will be treated confidentially and processed anonymously. While results will be made available, it is guaranteed that neither you, your organisation, nor any organisation personnel will be identified in any report of the results of the study. Thus, we guarantee that all personal data will be handled with care and in full compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.

Data Protection Agreement


Privacy Notice
The organiser of the survey and responsible body is Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany). We take the protection of personal data seriously. We comply with the regulations of the State Data Protection Act of North Rhine-Westphalia and assure compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Thus, we have taken appropriate measures to protect your data.

The survey takes about 15 minutes, participation is voluntary. We use your personal data exclusively to fulfil research tasks within the Erasmus+ funded project "Spanning Boundaries Development Program". The project is carried out in cooperation with the University Industry Innovation Network, Institut Mines Telecom Business School, Fachhochschule Münster, Universidad de Malaga, Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Association Europeenne d’Institutions de L’enseignement superi, Crazy Town Oy, Momentum Marketing Services Limited, Meath County Council, and Camara de Comercio E Industria Italiana Para Espana.

The technical execution of the survey is carried out by Münster University of Applied Sciences. Münster University of Applied Sciences processes the survey data and provides the other partners of the Spanning Boundaries project with the data set containing the answers of each participant. Only statistical evaluations and anonymous raw data sets without IP address will remain, so that participants cannot be determined later.

However, since this is an online survey, the following data will be stored in addition to the questionnaire data with each page request and will be logged for statistical purposes:
-    Date and time of the request,
-    IP address (shortened by two bytes)
-    Address of the currently retrieved document,
-    Address of the previously retrieved document (referrer),
-    Size of the file and the status code of the retrieval.

To add, only session cookies are used. These session cookies are deleted at the end of the session.

Your explicit and voluntary consent is required for processing your questionnaire data. You give this consent by placing a check mark on the page at "I have read the privacy notice and agree to the terms". You may revoke your consent at any time.

If you have any further questions regarding data protection, please feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Baaken by e-mail:

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