Indicators of university–industry knowledge transfer performance and their implications for universities: evidence from the United Kingdom

Rossi, F. and Rosli, A. 2015. Indicators of university–industry knowledge transfer performance and their implications for universities: evidence from the United Kingdom. Studies in Higher Education. 40 (10), pp. 1970-1991. doi:10.1080/03075079.2014.914914

TitleIndicators of university–industry knowledge transfer performance and their implications for universities: evidence from the United Kingdom
AuthorsRossi, F. and Rosli, A.
Abstract

The issue of what indicators are most appropriate in order to measure the performance of universities in knowledge transfer (KT) activities remains relatively under-investigated. The main aim of this paper is to identify and discuss the limitations to the current measurements of university–industry KT performance, and propose some directions for improvement. We argue that university–industry KT can unfold in many ways and impact many stakeholders, and that, especially in highly differentiated university systems, choosing indicators focused on a narrow range of activities and impacts might limit the ability of universities to accurately represent their KT performance. Therefore, KT indicators should include a variety of activities and reflect a variety of impacts so as to allow comparability between different institutions and avoid the creation of undesirable behavioural incentives. To illustrate these issues empirically, the authors discuss the case of the United Kingdom's Higher Education–Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey.

Keywordsknowledge transfer, knowledge exchange, performance indicators, university–industry relationships, HE-BCI survey
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Journal citation40 (10), pp. 1970-1991
ISSN0307-5079
Year2015
PublisherRoutledge
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/03075079.2014.914914
Publication dates
Published10 Jun 2014

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