University-Industry Collaboration: A CoPs Approach to KTPs

Roberts, Joanne, Gertner, Drew and Charles, David (2011) University-Industry Collaboration: A CoPs Approach to KTPs. Journal of Knowledge Management, 15 (4). pp. 625-647. ISSN 1367-3270

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13673271111151992

Abstract

This article seeks to explore the micro-dimensions of knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) with the aim of developing an appreciation of the personal interactions that facilitate the success of these university-industry collaborations. Empirical evidence concerning the operation of three KTPs, collected through interviews with the key partners and the review of relevant documentary material, is analysed through the lens of the communities of practice approach to situated learning. The analysis of three case studies provides evidence to support the value of conceptualising the process of knowledge transfer between universities and industry as one of learning taking place within communities in which the development of mutual engagement, joint enterprise and shared repertoires play important roles facilitating successful collaborations. Moreover, the analysis highlights the significance of the boundary spanning roles of the KTP partners in facilitating the knowledge transfer process through engagement in both the university and industry communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boundary spanning, communities of practice, information transfer, university-industry collaboration
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2011 11:14
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2052

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