Transferring technology from university to rural industry within a developing economy context: the case for nurturing communities of practice

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos*, Deycy J. Sánchez Preciado, David Bennett

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Abstract

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 intervention is considered as instrumental; its key components and outcomes are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-559
Number of pages10
JournalTechnovation
Volume32
Issue number9-10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Colombia
  • communities of practice
  • developing countries
  • rural entrepreneurial development
  • technology intermediation
  • university-to-industry technology transfer

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