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University–industry collaboration: using meta-rules to overcome barriers to knowledge transfer

A. Alexander (), D. P. Martin, C. Manolchev () and K. Miller
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A. Alexander: University of Exeter Business School
D. P. Martin: University of Rennes
C. Manolchev: University of Exeter Business School
K. Miller: Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus

The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2020, vol. 45, issue 2, No 1, 392 pages

Abstract: Abstract University–industry knowledge transfer is an important source wealth of creation for all partners; however, the practical management of this activity within universities is often hampered by procedural rigidity either through the absence of decision-making protocols to reconcile conflicting priorities or through the inconsistent implementation of existing policies. This is problematic, since it can impede operational effectiveness, prevent inter-organisational knowledge-creation and hamper organisational learning. This paper addresses this issue by adopting a cross-discipline approach and presenting meta-rules as a solution to aid organisational decision making. It is proposed that meta-rules can help resolve tensions arising from conflicting priorities between academics, knowledge transfer offices and industry and help facilitate strategic alignment of processes and policies within and between organisations. This research contributes to the growing debate on the strategic challenges of managing knowledge transfer and presents meta-rules as a practical solution to facilitate strategic alignment of internal and external stakeholder tensions. Meta-rules has previously only been applied in a computer intelligence context however, this research proves the efficacy of meta rules in a university–industry knowledge transfer context. This research also has practical implications for knowledge transfer office managers who can use meta-rules to help overcome resource limitations, conflicting priorities and goals of diverse internal and external stakeholders.

Keywords: Organisational capability; University–industry collaboration; Knowledge transfer; Meta-rules; Strategy; Organisational learning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D23 D81 D83 L1 L80 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10961-018-9685-1

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