Evolving knowledge integration and absorptive capacity perspectives upon university-industry interaction within a university

Sparrow, J. and Tarkowski, K. and Lancaster, N. and Mooney, M. (2009) Evolving knowledge integration and absorptive capacity perspectives upon university-industry interaction within a university. Education and Training, 51 (8). pp. 648-664. ISSN 00400912 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report upon an initiative within a case study UK university to facilitate service innovation in small firms. The paper aims to outline how explicit use of such concepts has the potential to enhance the effectiveness of this form of university-industry interaction. Design/methodology/approach: The paper considers how an evaluative inquiry approach could be used to assess the contribution of explicit consideration of knowledge integration and absorptive capacity in university-industry interaction. Findings: The paper reveals how the study has been constructed and how the planned use of personal reflective tools and structured group interactions may enhance the consideration and utilisation of the key concepts by the university and SME clients. Research limitations/implications: The paper brings a degree of theorising upon university-industry interaction that is largely absent in reported studies. It adds to the knowledge/cognitive perspective upon small business support. Practical implications: The value of evaluative inquiry and explicit use of knowledge concepts in assisting the evolution of interactions with small businesses are highlighted. Originality/value: The paper presents a compelling case for an innovative approach towards facilitating collaboration. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Companies, Knowledge transfer, Organizational change, Process management, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Universities
Subjects: N100 Business studies
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Strategy, Marketing and Economics
UoA Collections > UoA19: Business and Management Studies
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 15:23
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 15:23
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2456

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