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Social capital to facilitate ‘engineered’ university–industry collaboration for technology transfer: A dynamic perspective

Al-Tabbaa, O., Ankrah, Samuel (2016) Social capital to facilitate ‘engineered’ university–industry collaboration for technology transfer: A dynamic perspective. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 104 . pp. 1-15. ISSN 0040-1625. (doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2015.11.027)

Abstract

Over the last decade, social capital concept has received considerable amount of research being regarded as an

important value creation mechanism. However, we still have limited understanding about the nature of interaction

between the dimensions of this capital, and how it can be useful in mitigating the impediments evolving

during government-sponsored (i.e., engineered) university–industry collaboration (UIC). In this paper, we address

the previous gap by analyzing the dynamics of social capital dimensions during the preformation and

postformation stages of UIC. The paper relies on a unique context that comprises five embedded case studies

of UIC for technology transfer: the Faraday Partnership Initiative, a UK government-backed novel scheme for enhancing

innovation. The analysis shows that the impact and interaction of the dimensions were not static but

rather varying over time. Further, we present a new value creation framework for social capital through mapping

its power in reducing the intensity of difficulties emerged during the collaboration lifetime. We also identify two

facilitating factors as critical in creating and maintaining social capital in engineered UIC. The present study thus

contributes to a deeper understanding of the value of inter-organizational social capital.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.techfore.2015.11.027
Uncontrolled keywords: Social capital dimensions; University–industry collaboration; Inter-organizational relationship; Technology transfer
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Omar Al-Tabbaa
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 08:28 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65489 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Al-Tabbaa, O.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2669-4576
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