Universities’ Engagement in Knowledge Exchange: International Evidence

Knowledge exchange interactions between universities and business and community stakeholders feature prominently in the current academic and policy discourse. This is premised on the view that the exploitation of multiple sources of civic, social and commercial value generated by universities is fundamental to foster economic and social development. Knowledge exchange interactions and their impacts are, however, difficult to measure and evaluate systematically.

This workshop aims to foster a timely discussion of different tools and approaches to measure various kinds of universities’ engagement in knowledge exchange, their advantages and challenges, in an international comparative perspective.

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12.30 – 1.00pm: Sandwich lunch and welcome by Helen Lawton Smith and Federica Rossi

Session 1 – Measuring universities’ engagement in knowledge exchange

1.00 – 1.30pm: “How do universities manage their technology transfer portfolio? An exploratory study using QCA” – Jasmina Berbegal-Mirabent (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya).

1.30 – 2.00pm: “University profiles and efficiency performance: an institutional characterisation for Spanish universities” – Eva de La Torre Garcia (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid).

2.00 – 2.30pm: “Does proximity affect the impact of university-industry collaborations? An analysis of impact reports based on topic detection” – Federica Rossi, Muthu de Silva (Birkbeck, University of London).

2.30 – 3.00pm: Coffee break

Session 2 – Drivers of universities’ knowledge exchange performance

3.00 – 3.30pm: “Knowledge exchange under asymmetric information: impact of signals from Indian universities” – Abhijit Sengupta (University of Kent).

3.30 – 4.00pm: “HEIs reputational effects & graduate entrepreneurship: driver or barrier?” – Chiara Marzocchi (University of Manchester), Fumi Kitagawa (University of Edinburgh).

4.00 – 4.30pm: “Developing a Knowledge Exchange Framework to measure KE performance in England” – Hamish McAlpine (Research England).

4.30 – 5.00pm: Q&A