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Knowledge transfer in university-industry research partnerships: a review

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posted on 12.01.2018, 14:19 authored by E. De Wit-de Vries, Wilfred Dolfsma, H. Van der Windt, M. Gerkema
This paper identifies practices that can facilitate knowledge transfer in university-industry (U-I) research partnerships by systematically reviewing extant literature. We aim to contribute to the theoretical development in the field of academic engagement and propose that knowledge transfer provides a valuable perspective. We started our review with identifying barriers and facilitators of knowledge transfer. Extant literature identified knowledge differences and differences in goals resulting from different institutional cultures as important barriers to knowledge transfer. They result in ambiguity, problems with knowledge absorption and difficulties with the application of knowledge. Trust, communication, the use of intermediaries and experience are found as facilitators for knowledge transfer that help to resolve the identified barriers. Our analysis offers practical advice for the management of academic engagement. Finally, we identified questions for future research based on inconsistencies in extant research and open questions we identified in our analysis.

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  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Journal of Technology Transfer

Citation

DE WIT-DE VRIES, E. ... et al, 2018. Knowledge transfer in university-industry research partnerships: a review. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 44 (4), pp.1236–1255.

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Springer © The Authors

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

08/01/2018

Publication date

2018-03-28

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Springer under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

ISSN

0892-9912

eISSN

1573-7047

Language

en