University-Industry Collaboration through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the UK: an extension of Activity Theory

Gareth White, Ahmed Abdullah, Svetlana Cicmil, Robby Allen, Robert Thomas

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Abstract

The mechanisms for stimulating innovation are perennial subjects of concern. Despite the recognition of their importance they remain troublesome undertakings for individual organisations and national economies. The literature has only recently begun to recognise the importance of the micro-relations that exist between individuals and their effect upon the efficacy of these mechanisms. However, the intricacies of these micro-relationships remain underexplored.
Through an extended period of immersion of around two years in each of three organisations this study identifies the nature of the tensions that beset the micro-relations between individuals in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the United Kingdom. The research proffers an extension to the Activity Framework in order to explicitly recognise the dimension of ‘Tacit Skills’.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Management
Volume8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • activity theory
  • knowledge transfer partnership
  • tacit skills

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