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Facilitators of Knowledge Transfer in University-Industry Collaborations: A Knowledge-Based Perspective

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2 Author(s)
Santoro, M.D. ; Coll. of Bus. & Econ., Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA ; Bierly, P.E.

Using the knowledge-based view of the firm as our theoretical underpinning, we study partnerships between industrial firms and university research centers (URCs) in order to identify facilitators of knowledge transfer, particularly focusing on how firms learn from URCs. Data for this study were obtained from senior-level executives from a random sample of one hundred and seventy-three firms located in the northeastern US. Results indicate that social connectedness, trust, URC technology transfer-intellectual property policies, technological relatedness and technological capability are significant facilitators of knowledge transfer. We also found that the type of knowledge transferred, i.e., explicit versus tacit, moderated these relationships. We conclude with implications for future research and R&D policy

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Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 4 )