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Journal Article

Knowledge Transfer to Industry at Selected R1 Research Universities in North Carolina  pp3-16

Dennis Harlow

© May 2017 Volume 15 Issue 1, Learning and Unlearning for Sustainability, Editor: Sandra Moffett, pp1 - 58

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Public universities in the United States are divided into different levels of type by research agendas. Large public universities (typically known as R1 research oriented universities) are directed to serve the public interest by developing transferrable knowledge (patents and intellectual property) that can leverage the public investment made in these large universities and their research agendas through state and federal funding by enhancing social and commercial goals of the funding entities. This paper is an impact assessment of formal and informal industry collaboration and knowledge transfer activities study and looked at technology transfer offices, secondary information and public reports such as patent filings to determine if the level of knowledge transfers was increasing or decreasing or staying the same at three large public universities in the USA (North Carolina, UNC Charlotte and North Carolina State) and two North Carolina R1 private schools (Duke University and North Carolina State University. My primary hypothesis for the research was that much of the research and knowledge at public universities was not finding its way to industry use either through licensing or other means and that various methods (i.e., research papers) of transferring this knowledge were ineffective in making this transfer. My research concluded that despite strong state and federal funding of this research as well as private grants researchers tended to concentrate on research that enhanced their academic publications’ reputations which is resulting in fewer academic papers. The practical economic benefits of much of this research was doubtful since the correlation to outputs such as patents was not improving but plateauing over time in some cases.


Keywords: Knowledge transfer offices effectiveness; intellectual property; R1 universities


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Journal Article

Tacit Knowledge Capacity: A Comparison of University Lecturers in Germany and North Cyprus  pp131-142

Tugberk Kaya, Burak Erkut

© Sep 2018 Volume 16 Issue 2, The Management of IC and Knowledge “in action”, Editor: Dr Maria Serena Chiucchi and Dr Susanne Durst, pp73 - 186

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The importance of universities as knowledge hubs is increasing due to knowledge production via research and teaching. An emerging aspect of knowledge management literature is the study of the knowledge requirements of universities. In particular, the transformation from knowledge creation to knowledge sharing has proved to be important in the university context and is subject to cultural differences. For example, previous research has indicated that a physician’s Tacit Knowledge Capacity (TKC) is affected by social software and social media. This creates opportunities to carry out new research on different occupations that have an intense TKC. As part of this research, a survey was conducted in order to assess the TKC of lecturers in both Germany and North Cyprus. These are two countries that have universities providing knowledge management programmes. The research determined the TKC in both countries and compared the two in order to determine if cultural factors affect the TKC of the profession. Through this research, the authors aimed to contribute to the ongoing research on the knowledge requirements of universities that will enable them to be knowledge intensive institutions. The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Near East University, which has 2200 students and 20 chairs, was compared with the Faculty of Business and Economics at the Technische Universität Dresden, which has 2800 students and 23 chairs. The study was carried out to provide an intercultural comparison, which is currently lacking in the Knowledge Management field. The research findings have highlighted the factors influencing the transfer and the accumulation of tacit knowledge.


Keywords: Tacit Knowledge, Knowledge Accumulation, Knowledge Transfer, Tacit Knowledge Capacity, Higher Education, Universities


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Journal Issue

Volume 16 Issue 2, The Management of IC and Knowledge “in action” / Sep 2018  pp73‑186

Editor: Dr Maria Serena Chiucchi, Dr Susanne Durst

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Special theme issue on The Management of IC and Knowledge “in action

‑bridging the gap between theory and practice

‑building bridges for different individuals interested in developing the field of IC/knowledge management

‑uniting different ways of thinking/mindsets to the benefit of IC/KM.

‑making room for dialogue on this matter.


Keywords: Intellectual capital, measurement, intangible assets, communities of practice, knowledge brokers, SME, Intellectual Capital, Churches, Assets and Liabilities, Organizational Culture, Value Creation, accountability, intellectual capital, spaces, logics, settings, corporate university, Knowledge Management, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Manufacturing, UK, Thailand, Tacit Knowledge, Knowledge Accumulation, Knowledge Transfer, Tacit Knowledge Capacity, Higher Education, Universities


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