Institutionalization of knowledge transfer activities within industry-university collaborative ventures

Michael D. Santoro, Shanthi Gopalakrishnan

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Due to the changing competitive landscape, organizations must increasingly focus on acquiring external knowledge to advance new technologies. This study examines the institutionalization of knowledge transfer activities between industrial firms and university research centers. Data were collected from 189 firms collaborating with 21 university research centers in the US. Results show that knowledge transfer activities are facilitated when industrial firms have more mechanistic structures, cultures that are more stable and direction-oriented, and when the firm is more trusting of its university research center partner. Implications for both industry and universities, including their effect on firm performance, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-319
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • General Engineering
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


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