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Knowledge Exchange between Academics and the Business, Public and Third Sectors

A report issued by the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at the University of Cambridge

There has been an increasing focus on the role that Universities can play in contributing to economic growth. In addition to the important core missions of research and teaching, policy has focused on promoting ‘technology transfer’ concentrating on the commercialisation of science through such mechanisms as patents, licences and spin outs. As this study shows, these mechanisms are important, but as it also shows, they are an incomplete representation of the wide process of knowledge exchange that takes place between academics from all disciplines with partners in the private public and the so-called third sector which includes charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

The report can be downloaded from this link