University-Industry Collaboration: A CoPs Approach to KTPs

Joanne Roberts, Drew Gertner, David Charles

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-647
JournalJournal of Knowledge Management
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011

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