Next Article in Journal
Project Risk Management: Challenge Established Practice
Next Article in Special Issue
Determinants of Academic Startups’ Orientation toward International Business Expansion
Previous Article in Journal
What Is Public Agency Strategic Analysis (PASA) and How Does It Differ from Public Policy Analysis and Firm Strategy Analysis?
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Effect of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations on Academics’ Entrepreneurial Intention
Article Menu

Export Article

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

University Knowledge Transfer Offices and Social Responsibility

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
Department of Señales, Sistemas y Radiocomunicaciones, School of Telecommunications Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
RiskMetrics GIE (Grupo Innovación Educativa), School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
GASC (Grupo Automatización, Señal y Comunicación) Research Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Calle Ramiro de Maeztu, 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
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)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [433 KB, uploaded 15 December 2016]   |  


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

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Martín-Rubio, I.; Andina, D. University Knowledge Transfer Offices and Social Responsibility. Adm. Sci. 2016, 6, 20.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Adm. Sci. EISSN 2076-3387 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top