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Title: A topography of knowledge transfer and low carbon innovation
Authors: Muchmore, Suzi
Ragsdell, Gillian
Walsh, Kathryn
Keywords: Knowledge transfer
Research systems
Innovation policy
Low carbon innovation
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited © The Authors
Citation: MUCHMORE, S., RAGSDELL, G. and WALSH, K., 2015. A topography of knowledge transfer and low carbon innovation. IN: 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management, University of Udine, Italy, 3-4th. Sept., pp. 953-960
Abstract: The growth of the knowledge economy and the changing relationship between science and society, have triggered the emergence of a ‘new role’ for universities as catalysts for innovation within national innovation policy frameworks. The Triple Helix concept of knowledge generation and innovation introduces triadic relationships between government, academia and industry. These often incorporate state driven aims of innovation development and diffusion for greater societal and economic benefit as conditions of the funding programmes. This concept is witnessed in the UK low carbon energy innovation system, where collaborative relationships are formed to develop new technologies for application by industry and society. The dynamics of the Triple Helix model bring many challenges to policy makers and those engaged in knowledge transfer relationships, stemming from the inherent nature of knowledge and the complex human interactions involved with inter-organisational knowledge transfer. Low carbon innovation has an increased need for inter-disciplinary knowledge transfer where specialised pools of knowledge are brought together for the purposes of innovation, in environments typified by uncertainty and unclear user impacts. Obstacles are compounded by the complexity of defining knowledge transfer processes and the debate surrounding the transferability of knowledge. Significant additional challenges exist within low carbon innovation, where influencing technology adoption by the public is seen as a multifaceted problem with no easy solution and requires innovation outputs to be transformed to societal outcomes. This paper aims to explore the nature of these challenges through a review of the literature on knowledge transfer, the continuing transition of academia, government and industry within knowledge generation frameworks and the specific dilemmas faced by the low carbon innovation system. This literature review provides a foundation for future research which aims to explore the concept of knowledge transfer within the UK low carbon innovation system and gather empirical data pertaining to the optimisation of collaborative project performance.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18888
Publisher Link: http://academic-conferences.org/eckm/eckm2015/eckm15-proceedings.htm
ISBN: 9781910810460
ISSN: 2048‐0968
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