Administration in academia is often seen as important when it comes to business intending to work with universities. With the birth of the university’s third mission, also a whole new set of problems arose for academic bureaucracy. Until a few decades ago, universities didn’t sell patents, receive licencing fees or start joint research projects with business on a day-to-day basis. Internal processes were lined-up to support research and teaching, but not necessarily interaction with business.
Over the years many institutions have shifted their internal bureaucracy to be better at facilitating the interaction with business. However, as universities are often publicly funded institutions, there is a large set of rules they have to obey to when it comes to cooperating with business.