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Exploring the knowledge complexities of innovation intermediaries: the case of nanotechnology in the UK

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Matt Mount, S Milewski, K Fernandes
Abstract: Innovation intermediaries are critical enablers of inward and outward technology and knowledge transfer processes, particularly in domains and industries that are characterised by high complexity. Nanotechnology as a radical, generic technology is one such domain, which spans a plethora of different industries. As a result, intermediary organisations are essential for the future development and commercialisation of these technologies. However, little is known with regard to the inner workings of intermediaries and the knowledge management (KM) processes and capabilities deployed to facilitate matchmaking. Using an in-depth case study, the paper explores the key knowledge related challenges the intermediary faces and the KM processes and capacities utilised to facilitate intermediation. It is found that knowledge creation and exploration, knowledge storage, and knowledge transfer capacities are key capabilities that are enabled by the intermediary's proprietary access to an extensive network database. Results of the study have implications for both managers engaged or seeking to engage with intermediaries as well as managers of intermediaries.

History

Journal

International Journal of Technology Management

Volume

69

Issue

1

Pagination

20 - 37

Publisher

Inderscience Publishers

Location

Olney, Eng.

ISSN

0267-5730

eISSN

1741-5276

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2015, Inderscience Enterprises