Connecting with the ivory tower: business perspectives on knowledge exchange in the UK

Connecting with the ivory tower: business perspectives on knowledge exchange in the UK
Document type
Report
Author(s)
Hughes, Alan; Kitson, Michael
Publisher
National Centre for Universities & Business
Date of publication
26 November 2013
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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A report describes current levels of engagement between business and academia in the UK, according to the results of a survey of businesses. As well as traditional technology transfer through licensing or sale of IP and creation of spin-out companies, less formal people-based, problem-solving, and community-oriented activities were reported. Connections are not limited to science and technology-based disciplines. Businesses connect for a variety of reasons to improve performance or help with strategy, many not directly related to innovation. The major constraints reported by businesses involve internal capabilities to manage relationships, not cultural differences or IP disputes.

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