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Journal Issue
Volume 5 Issue 1, ECKM 2006 / Feb 2007  pp1‑130

Editor: Charles Despres

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Knowledge Cooperation in Online Communities: a Duality of Participation and Cultivation  pp1‑6

Marco C. Bettoni, Silvio Andenmatten, Ronny Mathieu

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Alternative Accounting to Manage Intellectual Capital  pp7‑18

György Boda, Peter Szlávik

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Successful Sharing of Project Knowledge: Initiation, Implementation and Institutionalisation  pp19‑28

Waltraud Grillitsch, Alexandra Müller-Stingl, Robert Neumann

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Knowledge Management in a Virtual Community of Practice using Discourse Analysis  pp29‑42

Khalid Hafeez, Fathalla Alghatas

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Knowledge Creation through University‑Industry Collaborative Research Projects  pp43‑54

Julie Hermansand Annick Castiaux

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Abstract

It is obvious from the study of literature that university‑industry (U‑I) relationships and their subsequent knowledge transfers are topics of high political, economical, managerial and academic interest. Indeed, technological knowledge is seen as a major source of long‑term economic growth and its transfer to the firm is critical since it acts as a significant innovation factor. In order to access this knowledge, a portfolio of sourcing strategies is available to the firm: knowledge creation through internal RandD departments, knowledge sharing with suppliers or market relationships, and also transfer from knowledge institutions such as public and private research centres. In this paper, we recognISe that University is a central source of knowledge but we question the general belief that knowledge is per se flowing between private and academic sphere through the conduct of University‑Industry relationships. As a result, this paper presents our literature analysis concerning this research topic and explores one particular mean of inter‑organisational knowledge transfer, namely the University‑Industry collaborative research project. We present findings from an exploratory study, which aims at examining knowledge flows and collaborative behaviours at stake in such research projects. This interview survey has been realised with respondents actively involved in Belgian university‑industry (U‑I) interactions and provides qualitative data analysed through the theoretical framework of organisational knowledge creation developed by Nonaka and Takeuchi. We found evidence supporting the existence of a knowledge spiral as a dynamic for the whole projects and identified some knowledge‑based limits to the reconciliation process between university's interests and company's needs. 

 

Keywords: university-industry interactions, knowledge transfer, Nonaka

 

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Notions of Knowledge Management Systems: A Gap Analysis  pp55‑62

Aboubakr A. Moteleb, Mark Woodman

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The Power in Visualising Affects in the Organisational Learning Process  pp63‑72

Theresia Olsson Neve

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Organisational Knowledge Transfer: Turning Research into Action through a Learning History  pp73‑80

Robert Parent, Julie Béliveau

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Why do Managers from Different Firms Exchange Information? A Case Study from a Knowledge‑intensive Industry  pp81‑88

Mirva Peltoniemi

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Actors and Factors: Virtual Communities for Social Innovation  pp89‑96

Susan G. Restler, Diana D. Woolis

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Journalists, the Makers and Breakers of Relational Capital  pp97‑104

Joanna Sinclair

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Exploring Knowledge Processes in User‑Centred Design  pp105‑114

Kaisa Still

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Partaking as a Tool for Knowledge Creation and Sharing in Practice  pp115‑122

June Tolsby, Per Kirkebak

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Educational Ontology and Knowledge Testing  pp123‑130

Réka Vas

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