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‘Engineered’ University-Industry Collaboration: A social capital perspective

Al-Tabbaa, Omar, Ankrah, Samuel (2018) ‘Engineered’ University-Industry Collaboration: A social capital perspective. European Management Review, 16 (3). pp. 543-565. ISSN 1740-4754. (doi:10.1111/emre.12174) (KAR id:65763)

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While there is an extensive body of knowledge on University-Industry Collaboration (UIC) for technology transfer, two salient gaps remain. First, studies on UIC have predominately focused on situations when the relationship is established based on perceived complementary needs between collaborators. However, research on ‘engineered’ UIC, or when the collaboration has been triggered and coordinated by a third party, is still scarce. Second, we lack proper understanding into the micro foundation of technology transfer process using the lens of social capital (SC). This is a necessary inquiry given the prevailing conception of technology transfer as a sociotechnical process. We address these two gaps by investigating the idiosyncrasy of SC in five case studies of the Faraday Partnership Initiative, a UK public-sponsored program designed to enhance cross-sector technology transfer. As key contributions, we develop a conceptual framework that explains how social capital facilitates technology transfer in engineered UIC. We also advance the debate on academic engagement and commercialization by elaborating how knowledge produced by academics can be transformed into useable forms of technology by distinguishing between technology translation and transfer. The former emerged as a critical element of the latter.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/emre.12174
Uncontrolled keywords: university industry; partnership; social capital dimensions; technology transfer; technology translation
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Omar Altabbaa
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2018 12:52 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 15:51 UTC
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