Indicators of university-industry knowledge transfer performance and their implications for universities: Evidence from the UK’s HE-BCI survey

Rosli, A. and Rossi, F. 2013. Indicators of university-industry knowledge transfer performance and their implications for universities: Evidence from the UK’s HE-BCI survey. CIMR.

TitleIndicators of university-industry knowledge transfer performance and their implications for universities: Evidence from the UK’s HE-BCI survey
AuthorsRosli, A. and Rossi, F.
Abstract

Focusing on the measurement of universities’ performance in knowledge transfer, we outline some
critical issues connected with the choice of appropriate indicators: in particular, we argue
that, in order to allow universities to correctly represent their knowledge transfer performance, indicators should include a variety of knowledge transfer activities, reflect a variety of impacts, allow comparability between institutions, and avoid the creation of perverse behavioural incentives. To illustrate these issues
empirically, we discuss the case of the United Kingdom’s Higher Education –Business and Community
Interaction (HE-BCI) survey. We show that the indicators used to measure and reward univ
ersities’ engagement in knowledge transfer are
not fully comprehensive, they are better suited to capture the impact of certain types of activities than othersand they are influenced by institutional strategies and characteristics rather than simply reflecting different performances.
The conclusions explore some promising directions to address some of these problems

Year2013
Output mediaWorking Paper
KeywordsKnowledge transfer, knowledge exchange, performance indicators, university-industry relationships, technology transfer
PublisherCIMR
Publication dates
Published19 Jul 2013
ISSN2052-062X
Web address (URL)http://www.bbk.ac.uk/innovation/publications/docs/CIMR-WP-13.pdf

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