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Adm. Sci. 2016, 6(4), 20; doi:10.3390/admsci6040020

University Knowledge Transfer Offices and Social Responsibility

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Department of Ingeniería de Organización, Admón. de Empresas y Estadística, T, School of Industrial Design and Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ronda de Valencia, 3, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Señales, Sistemas y Radiocomunicaciones, School of Telecommunications Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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RiskMetrics GIE (Grupo Innovación Educativa), School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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GASC (Grupo Automatización, Señal y Comunicación) Research Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Calle Ramiro de Maeztu, 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Fernando Muñoz-Bullón
Received: 30 May 2016 / Revised: 28 September 2016 / Accepted: 13 October 2016 / Published: 15 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
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Abstract

Numerous studies and reviews about University Knowledge Transfer Offices (UKTO) have been written, but there are few that focus on Social Responsibility (SR). We present a systematic review of the research on both fields. We consider not only logics from agency theory and resource-based view, but also the dynamic approach from institutional theory, as they aim to generate sustainable economic and social value. The evolution of Knowledge Transfer Offices depends on their role as brokers of collaborations among different stakeholders, according to their mission and capacity to confront the innovation gap. We follow the line of SR viewed as a response to the specific demands of large stakeholders. Building upon recent conceptualizations of different theories, we develop an integrative model for understanding the institutional effects of the UKTO on university social responsibility. View Full-Text
Keywords: knowledge transfer office; social responsibility; institutional approach; brokers; stakeholders; university–industry relations knowledge transfer office; social responsibility; institutional approach; brokers; stakeholders; university–industry relations
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Martín-Rubio, I.; Andina, D. University Knowledge Transfer Offices and Social Responsibility. Adm. Sci. 2016, 6, 20.

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