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University-industry collaboration through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the UK: An extension of activity theory

White, Gareth R.T.; Abdullah, Ahmed; Cicmil, Svetlana; Allen, Robert; Thomas, Robert

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Authors

Gareth R.T. White

Ahmed Abdullah

Robert Allen

Robert Thomas



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’.

Citation

White, G. R., Abdullah, A., Cicmil, S., Allen, R., & Thomas, R. (2019). University-industry collaboration through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the UK: An extension of activity theory. International Journal of Management, 8(4), 14-24

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 15, 2020
Publication Date Oct 31, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 16, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 20, 2020
Journal The International Journal of Management
Print ISSN 2277 – 5846
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 14-24
Keywords Activity theory, knowledge transfer partnership, tacit skills
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6024450
Publisher URL https://www.theijm.com/october-19

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