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    Knowledge transfer profiles of Public Research Organizations: the role of fields of knowledge specialization

    de la Torre, E. and Ghorbankhani, Maryam and Rossi, Federica and Sagarra, M. (2021) Knowledge transfer profiles of Public Research Organizations: the role of fields of knowledge specialization. Science and Public Policy 48 (6), pp. 860-876. ISSN 0302-3427.

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    While Public research organizations (PROs) are increasingly expected to transfer knowledge to businesses and other stakeholders, their engagement in knowledge transfer (KT) activities is still under-researched. Better understanding of PROs’ KT engagement, including how it is shaped by PROs’ organizational characteristics, could lead to better tailored policies in support to PROs’ effort to transfer knowledge. We develop a conceptual framework linking PROs’ specialization in different fields of knowledge to their profiles of KT engagement, and validate it empirically using a six-year panel dataset of 33 PROs in the United Kingdom. We use Multidimensional Scaling and cluster analysis techniques to identify three distinct KT profiles, which are stable over time, and strongly associated to the PROs’ knowledge field specialization. We argue that these profiles may depend on the different market readiness and user specificity of knowledge outputs arising from different fields of knowledge, and derive implications for theory, policy and practice.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Public research organizations (PROs), multidimensional scaling, knowledge transfer, knowledge bases, market readiness, user specificity
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Federica Rossi
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 10:58
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2023 00:10


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