Aligning university-industry interactions: The role of boundary spanning in intellectual capital transfer

Chau, V.S. and Gilman, M. and Serbanica, C. (2016) Aligning university-industry interactions: The role of boundary spanning in intellectual capital transfer. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 123. pp. 199-209. ISSN 00401625 (ISSN)

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In the UK, the boundary spanning role has taken on greater significance as successive governments emphasize how universities should play in direct knowledge transfer and changing academics' visions over third mission functions. Studies in the UK have focused on the relative performance of technology transfer organizations (TTOs)/knowledge transfer organizations (KTOs) or their use by academics and external organizations. Compared to their US and international counterparts, TTOs/KTOs at UK universities exhibit low-levels of absolute efficiency. Therefore questions remain relating to how to raise the efficiency and productivity of these units, how to attract and train staff with suitable qualifications/capabilities and how to change adverse attitudes towards knowledge exchange by some academics. Currently, there is a lack of a holistic view of these functions and the way they complement each other or coordinate their activities. This study addresses this gap in theory and practise and advances how universities should provide consistency in both the internal and the external interfaces, by the offer of a framework and key stakeholder insights. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.

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18 March 2016Accepted
1 April 2016Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boundary units in universities, Instrumental case study, Knowledge transfer offices, Organizational alignment, University-industry interactions, Education, Efficiency, Information management, Societies and institutions, Technology transfer, Absolute efficiencies, Boundary units, Instrumental case study, Intellectual capital, Knowledge transfer, Relative performance, Technology transfer organizations, University-industry interaction, Knowledge management
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-02 - business studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School
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Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 12:51
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 11:49

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