Title: Effecting successful knowledge transfer: lessons from the UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme

Authors: Martin Wynn; Phillip Turner

Addresses: School of Computing and Technology, University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, UK ' TPG DisableAids Ltd., Plough Lane, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0ED, UK

Abstract: This paper focuses on one case example illustrating how the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has benefited a small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) in the UK. The KTP product is arguably the most used vehicle for effecting knowledge transfer between universities and local industries in the UK, and three distinct KTP projects (implemented in one company) are discussed. The impact of these projects is reviewed in terms of innovation initiatives, professional development, skills enhancement and organisational change. The change implications for the university are discussed and sets of guidelines for KTP selling, project design and project supervision are given.

Keywords: KTP; knowledge transfer partnerships; organisational development; process change; third stream activity; management in education; industry engagement; UK; United Kingdom; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; universities; local industries; university-industry cooperation; industrial collaboration; innovation initiatives; professional development; skills enhancement; organisational change.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2013.054729

International Journal of Management in Education, 2013 Vol.7 No.3, pp.293 - 312

Published online: 13 Sep 2014 *

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