Managing effective industry knowledge transfer within a higher education establishment

Ford, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-9607-3292 and Davies, P., 2012. Managing effective industry knowledge transfer within a higher education establishment. In: L. Buck, G. Frateur, W. Ion, C. McMahon, C. Baelus, G. De Grande and S. Vervulgen, eds., Design education for future wellbeing. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belguim, 6–7 Sptember 2012. Glasgow: The Design Society, pp. 684-689. ISBN 9781904670360

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Effective knowledge transfer is essential in ensuring the successful development of products, but is the role of the different actors in this process clear? During the past 20 years De Montfort University (DMU) has supported in excess of 100 companies in the design and development of new products. Case study material has been produced to support undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, placements for students have been established and a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) have been initiated and completed. Activities with Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), Large Enterprises (LEs), design consultancies and KTPs, all in the Higher Education context, have provided DMU with considerable and multifaceted experiences relating to knowledge transfer in product design and new product development in both the public and private sectors. Based on these experiences this paper considers the nature of and the difficulties in ensuring effective knowledge transfer in the product design and new product development discipline, in a higher education context. This paper investigates knowledge transfer environments that support academics in gaining experience and providing design students and professionals with access to information from which to generate innovation. This paper explores the nature and importance of relationship building in the management of knowledge environments to enable effective knowledge transfer and uses a case study to illustrate this activity within the Higher Education Institution (HEI) context.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Ford, P. and Davies, P.
Publisher: The Design Society
Place of Publication: Glasgow
Date: September 2012
ISBN: 9781904670360
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 04 Dec 2018 16:26
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2018 09:42
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