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Mid-range universities' linkages with industry: Knowledge types and the role of intermediaries

  • Wright, Mike
  • Clarysse, Bart
  • Lockett, Andy
  • Knockaert, Mirjam

We analyze how mid-range universities can contribute to industrial change through the transfer of tacit and codified knowledge in the areas of spin-offs; licensing and patents; contract research, consultancy and reach-out; and graduate and researcher mobility. We use archival, survey and interview data relating to mid-range universities in mid-range environments in the UK, Belgium, Germany and Sweden. Our findings suggest that mid-range universities primarily need to focus on generating world-class research and critical mass in areas of expertise, as well as developing different types of intermediaries. Mid-range universities may need to develop a portfolio of university-industry linkages in terms of the scope of activities and the types of firms with which they interact. We also show that different intermediaries have important roles to play in developing university-industry linkages for mid-range universities.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 8 (September)
Pages: 1205-1223

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