FITT Toolbox: Technology Transfer (TT) Collaboration


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The chapter TT collaboration addresses the topic of networking at two levels: Firstly, the added value of participating in networks for people active in technology transfer is highlighted at an international level. Additionally, at a local level, technology transfer network with local actors reinforces their local embeddings and grants a privileged, neutral and legitimate channel for two-ways transfer between transfer officers and other stakeholders.

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FITT Toolbox: Technology Transfer (TT) Collaboration

  1. 1. Technology Transfer Collaboration FITT – Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transfer – Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
  2. 2. Process in general Knowledge and technology transfer take place in channels of interaction: 1. Among Technology Transfer Office (TTOs) → internationalisation 2. Between TTOs and other actors → local TT collaboration2 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  3. 3. Benefits of Networking Among TTOs Between TTOs and local actors (Internationalisation) (local TT collaboration) Networks for people active in technology  The collaboration with local networks or transfer clusters, through links and interactions of cooperation, generates trust and value for the These networks gather the people active in TTOS. technology transfer: • Be in touch with pairs at the international level • Access to training, seminars  Privileged, neutral and legitimate channel for two-ways transfer between TTO and field actors • Exchange of good practices, tools, experiences More concretely, these privileged accesses create: • Propose solutions for common issues in TT • Opportunity to push innovative technologies and knowledge Networks for technology transfer • Development of competencies and expertise These networks are facilitators for a technology • Up-to-date information transfer at an international level • Identification of collaboration opportunities • Promotion of innovation • Assessment of research results potential • Partners reservoir • Facilitation of their transfer • Hunting of investors 3 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  4. 4. Pro’s and Con’s of networking among TTOs (internationalisation) PRO’s CON’s • Positioning of your organisation at the • Time consuming international level (visibility, make your • Difficulty to finance these activities voice heard) (fees, travel & accommodation) • Get in touch with pairs at the • Not a real TT activity international level. • Increase team competences (access to training, share experiences) • Professionalize your activity (access to practical tools, lessons learned)4 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  5. 5. Local TT collaboration Identification of the local actors CLUSTERS KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS “Geography proximate group of Coordinated system of heterogeneous actors, interconnected companies and associated institutions in a particular field, linked by developing cooperation relations to reach commonalities and complementarities” collectively a shared objective. Clusters encompass an array of linked Knowledge networks are aimed at sharing, industries and other entities important to exchanging and producing knowledge. These competition. They include suppliers of specialized inputs: which can be classified networks rely on the "quality of the as: products, services or raw materials. exchanged knowledge" which is not limited The European Cluster memorandum states: only to the simple "know-who". “Clusters (…) provide an environment Intensive relations facilitate the access to conducive to innovation. They enable open innovation, the creation and refinement of diverse knowledge (tacit and implicit). new ideas in networks of cooperating companies and institutions. And they lower These interactions can of course being at the the barriers for transforming new ideas into origin of innovating ideas. business and capturing the benefits of globalization”5 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  6. 6. Local TT collaboration in Practice Local TT collaboration relies on close collaboration partnerships between TTO and networks or clusters, which generates: • Interactions and exchange of information among innovation actors • Trust among these actors • A privileged channel of communication between TTOs and field actors The practices introduced are aimed at supporting the main challenges of networks and clusters: • „Network support services‟ provide logistical and communication services supporting the challenging phase of networks emergence • The „Cluster Collaboration Platform‟ provides a privileged IT supported communication platform between clusters • The INNOVONS.BE mapping of competences supports networks in the identification of their competences, helping them identify potential fields for improvement or cooperation (combining competences) 6 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  7. 7. Local TT collaboration  Network support servicesSupporting networks and clusters as soon as they emerge helps them overcome thechallenges of this risky phase. Exchanging complex and strategic information andconcretely cooperation requires trust among participants, as well as the opportunity tomeet and develop or strengthen links.The support to network creation grants networks access to a range of logistical andcommunication services, helping them organize their activities and communicate on theseactivities toward a targeted audience…These services are delivered in the framework of a global cooperation charter andagreement. These documents set the base for a strong cooperation between TTO andnetworks but also among networks.This bunch of services was designed as a corporate tool for Tudor. Throughclose interactions, it enables to align local networks topics and activities withstrategic objectives in terms of technology transfer.7 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  8. 8. Networking between TTOs and other actors  Cluster collaboration platform Cooperation, coordination, communication are processes that can be IT-supported. A cooperation platform for clusters or network: • Supports pushing free useful and strategic information on clusters or networks issues through a “cluster handbook” • Provides them with restricted access dedicated to their members in form of a Social Network • Offers users/members a central information tool, where knowledge is documented and exchange is fostered. • Provides a dedicated management tool,This platform is a mean to push information on the field and gives a priviledgedaccess to information on networks life and management issues8 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  9. 9. Networking between TTOs and other actors  Walloon portal Portal that aims at mapping competencies to help networks create an in-depth knowledge of the competencies their stakeholders master, i.e. the opportunities of combining this knowledge in order to achieve their goals through internal but also external cooperation. • Further level of integration • Creation of local synergies • Collaborative research opportunities or fields of experimentation9 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  10. 10. Pro’s and Con’s of local TT collaboration PRO’s CON’s • Legitimacy and embeddedness in • Return of investment or impact of local and economic context networking and clustering impact is mainly intangible and not • Mutual competencies development simultaneous with investment. It is • Privileged access to information difficult to asses. • Time-consuming & costly activity10 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  11. 11. Suggested Readings Link to bibliography(1) Metrics for Knowledge Transfer from Public Research Organisations in Europe, Reportfrom the European Commission‟s Expert Group on Knowledge Transfer Metrics. Michael E. Porter, Cluster and the New Economics of Competition, Harvard BusinessReview, 1998, Reprint 98609. The European Cluster Memorandum. Promoting European Innovation throughclusters : an agenda for Policy action. | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration
  12. 12. Suggested Readings Link to code book Clusters Networks Link to relevant websites France Clusters12 | April 2011 Technology Transfer Collaboration