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Transferring technology from university to rural industry within a developing economy context: The case for nurturing communities of practice
Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
University of Cauca, Popayán, Colombia.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9136-6718
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden & University of South Australian Business School, Adelaide, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1480-8652
2012 (English)In: Technovation, ISSN 0166-4972, E-ISSN 1879-2383, Vol. 32, no 9-10, p. 550-559Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The primary aim of this paper is to demonstrate how technology transfer between universities and rural industries in developing countries can be achieved effectively, using independent research and advisory centres as intermediaries. It draws on a longitudinal action research study, which experiments with the process of nurturing and bridging communities of practice amongst recipients of technology and stakeholders concerned with technology diffusion, productivity and economic development. Its empirical evidence is from an academic-related, non-government intervention initiative targeting two small-scale industries, namely fish farming and coffee production, in the Cauca region of Colombia. Results demonstrate how barriers to transfer can be overcome. The interventionist considered as instrumental; its key components and outcomes are discussed in detail. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Oxford: Pergamon Press, 2012. Vol. 32, no 9-10, p. 550-559
Keywords [en]
University-to-industry technology transfer, Technology intermediation, Communities of practice, Rural entrepreneurial development, Developing countries, Colombia
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27046DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2012.05.001ISI: 000308905100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84865311551OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-27046DiVA, id: diva2:763459
Available from: 2014-11-14 Created: 2014-11-14 Last updated: 2018-10-24Bibliographically approved
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1. Developing Technology Transfer Processes in rural contexts: The case of Cauca in Colombia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing Technology Transfer Processes in rural contexts: The case of Cauca in Colombia
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This doctoral thesis addresses the technology transfer process in rural developing economies. Technology transfer refers to the movement of physical artifacts and knowledge from a transferor (e.g. a university) to a recipient (e.g. a cooperative or a producer). Many rural developing economies depend on rural enterprises engaged in small-scale production. These enterprises usually have limited market reach, inadequate financial margins, and low value added products. In this context, technology transfer commonly features large information and knowledge asymmetry between the transferors and recipients, the recipients’ dependence on government financial support, and the recipients’ underdeveloped business skills. Despite the importance of technology transfer for production improvements by enterprises in rural economies, little is known about how the two sides interact when technologies to fit the small-scale production context are transferred. To address this knowledge gap, this thesis focuses on how rural enterprises adapt and use technologies that are collaboratively developed with universities with the support of governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Empirically, the thesis analyses technology transfer aimed at improving silk, fish, and coffee production in Cauca, a region in Colombia. The thesis uses Situated Learning Theory, action research, and case study methodology. The thesis shows that i) intermediaries broker and facilitate (organise) the interaction between universities and cooperatives and rural enterprises; ii) there are seven features that enable technology transfer in rural developing economies and iii) ‘systems’ of technology transfer evolve in rural developing economies through analysis of problem formulation and problem solving as the mechanisms.

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Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2018. p. 117
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Halmstad University Dissertations ; 41
Keywords
technology transfer, rural developing countries, intermediate technologies, cooperatives
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38208 (URN)978-91-87045-84-4 (ISBN)978-91-87045-85-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-02-23, O126, Kristian IV:s väg 3, Halmstad, 10:00 (English)
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The submitted papers 4 & 5 not in DiVA.

Funding: Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation / Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS), Bogotá, Colombia

Available from: 2019-02-08 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2019-02-08Bibliographically approved

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