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ERIC Number: EJ758100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Information, Cooperation, and the Blurring of Boundaries--Technology Transfer in German and American Discourses
Krucken, Georg; Meier, Frank; Muller, Andre
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v53 n6 p675-696 Jun 2007
The aim of this paper is to examine changing discursive conceptualizations of technology transfer mechanisms for speeding up innovation in Germany and the US since World War II with particular emphasis on universities. According to our analysis, the concepts of technology transfer are getting more and more complex, taking off from a linear model of innovation to a more complex model allowing for networking and entrepreneurial activities of the universities themselves. We suggest that the discourses in both countries can be framed employing three ideal-typical models: the "information and documentation" model, the "cooperation" model, and the "blurring of boundaries" model. In addition to these similarities, we also discuss differences that can be traced back to broader political cultures in which technology transfer is embedded. Both similarities and differences allow for a comparative perspective which is not limited to the countries analyzed here.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; United States