University Knowledge Transfer: Exploring organisational structures to create strategic alignment

Allen Alexander, Kristel Miller

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Whilst knowledge and technology transfer unarguably present an important source of wealth for a nation and an important component of a modern University’s offering to society, the management of this activity is complex and as a result many economies struggle to realise their expectations.

According to extensive, policy-driven surveys academics and commercial organisations are quick to blame inflexible and bureaucratic university transfer offices and administrators for this shortfall. However this research identifies interdependent and complex management practices coupled with equally complex organisational architectures which lead to issues of conflicting pressures and ambiguous governance. The research also goes on to illustrate a number of ‘structural’ solutions that universities have adopted to try to side-step some of the problems.

The findings presented within this paper result from a snap shot survey, undertaken as part of a wider more in-depth study, spanning a 10 year period and focussing on universities and public research organisation’s knowledge and technology transfer capability in Europe and from other key areas around the world. The purpose of the paper is to begin allow senior managers in research-centred organisations to visualise their respective organisational structures and to reference them against their governance, service offering and management competences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Proceedings of The 2016 ISPIM Forum Boston, USA 13-16 March 2016
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-952-265-927-9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
EventInternational Society of Professional Innovation Management - Boston, United States
Duration: 13 Mar 201616 Mar 2016


ConferenceInternational Society of Professional Innovation Management
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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