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Students as transferors of knowledge: the problem of measuring success.

Clark, Gordon and Dawes, Frank and Heywood, Alan and McLaughlin, Tara (2008) Students as transferors of knowledge: the problem of measuring success. International Small Business Journal, 26 (6). pp. 735-758. ISSN 0266-2426

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    Abstract

    Measuring the success of knowledge transfer from universities to firms has traditionally been seen as an unproblematic activity, apart from the practical issues of how to measure the new jobs and sales that have been created. This paper problematises the concept of ‘success’ in terms of its definition, measurement and interpretation. It explores critically one approach to policy evaluation by assessing a programme of knowledge transfer to SMEs using university students. It reviews critically different definitions of success and methods of assessing success. It provides guidance on how to predict success, which may be useful for other programmes of knowledge transfer. An agenda for future research in this area is proposed that links this paper’s approach to other methods of evaluation.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Small Business Journal
    Additional Information: “The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, International Small Business Journal, 26 (6), 2008, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2008 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the International Small Business Journal page: http://isb.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
    Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge transfer ; policy evaluation ; success ; students ; SMEs ; employability
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
    Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
    ID Code: 20032
    Deposited By: Dr Gordon Clark
    Deposited On: 25 Nov 2008 09:30
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:37
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/20032

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