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Intermediation for technology diffusion and user innovation in a developing rural economy: a social learning perspective
Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden & University of South Australia Business School, Adelaide, Australia.
University of Cauca, Popayán, Colombia.
2014 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN 0898-5626, E-ISSN 1464-5114, Vol. 26, no 7–8, 645-662 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Technology intermediaries are seen as potent vehicles for addressing perennialproblems in transferring technology from university to industry in developed anddeveloping countries. This paper examines what constitutes effective user-endintermediation in a low-technology, developing economy context, which is anunder-researched topic. The social learning in technological innovationframework is extended using situated learning theory in a longitudinalinstrumental case study of an exemplar technology intermediation programme.The paper documents the role that academic-related research and advisory centrescan play as intermediaries in brokering, facilitating and configuring technology,against the backdrop of a group of small-scale pisciculture businesses in a ruralarea of Colombia. In doing so, it demonstrates how technology intermediationactivities can be optimized in the domestication and innofusion of technologyamongst end-users. The design components featured in this instrumental case ofintermediation can inform policy making and practice relating to technologytransfer from university to rural industry. Future research on this subject shouldconsider the intermediation components put forward, as well as the impact of suchinterventions, in different countries and industrial sectors. Such research wouldallow for theoretical replication and help improve technology domestication andinnofusion in different contexts, especially in less-developed countries.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 26, no 7–8, 645-662 p.
Keyword [en]
university-to-industry intermediation, regional development, technology transfer, innofusion, situated learning, rural industry
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Business Administration Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27042DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2014.971077ISI: 000343422700006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84908451169OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-27042DiVA: diva2:763448
Available from: 2014-11-14 Created: 2014-11-14 Last updated: 2015-02-10Bibliographically approved

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