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Organizational learning, knowledge and technology transfer: a case study

Abdelkader Daghfous (American University of Sharjah, School of Business and Management, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 1 February 2004

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Abstract

Knowledge‐based competition has magnified the importance of learning alliances as a fast and effective mechanism of capability development. This case presents a technology transfer project from a university's engineering research center to a private firm to illuminate learning and knowledge‐based determinants of the outcomes of such projects. In this paper, project success and effective knowledge transfer are used interchangeably to indicate a relatively high level of achievement of intended as well as the unintended benefits to the recipient firm. The main focus of this paper is on the contribution of prior related knowledge and the learning processes and activities, performed by the recipient firm, to such benefits. Based on the results of the case study, this paper draws several implications that differ from those prevailing in the literature on organizational learning and technology transfer, proposes ideas for future research, and makes practical recommendations for managers.

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Daghfous, A. (2004), "Organizational learning, knowledge and technology transfer: a case study", The Learning Organization, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 67-83. https://doi.org/10.1108/09696470410515733

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