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Nine drivers of knowledge transfer between universities and industry R&D partners in South Africa

A. van Zyl, J. Amadi-Echendu, T. J.D. Bothma

SA Journal of Information Management; Vol 9, No 1 (2007), . doi: 10.4102/sajim.v9i1.18

Submitted: 02 November 2007
Published:  02 November 2007


This article presents part of the findings of the Research Marketing and Technology Commercialization Survey conducted in South Africa during 2005 and 2006. Part IV (Q4) of this survey was designed to examine nine drivers of knowledge transfer between South African universities in their research and development (R&D) collaborations with industry
firms. Respondents from a judgemental sample ranked the knowledge transfer for R&D collaboration between university departments and industry as: (a) the need to extract appropriate knowledge at the right time to make critical decisions; (b) the perception that
knowledge is a valuable resource; (c) the emphasis on getting a return on investment in research; (d) the need to protect knowledge for competitive advantage; (e) the need to close the knowledge gap; (f) international trade; (g) the need to protect intellectual property such as patents and trademarks; (h) geographic proximity between the knowledge source and recipient; and (i) war, terrorism and natural disasters.

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A. van Zyl, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J. Amadi-Echendu, University of Pretoria, South Africa
T. J.D. Bothma, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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