Austrian higher education institutions' idiosyncrasies and technology transfer system

Joachim Heinzl, Ah Lian Kor, Graham Orange, Hans Rüdiger Kaufmann

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present the findings of a PhD research (Heinzl, 2007) conducted on the Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria. The research is to establish an idiosyncrasy model for Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria showing the effects of their idiosyncrasies on the ability to successfully conduct technology transfer. Research applied in the study is centred on qualitative methods as major emphasis is placed on theory building. The study pursues a stepwise approach for the establishment of the idiosyncrasy model. In the first step, an initial technology transfer model and list of idiosyncrasies are established based on a synthesis of findings from secondary research. In the second step, these findings are enhanced by the means of empirical research including problem-centred expert interviews, a focus group and participant observation. In the third step, the idiosyncrasies are matched with the factors conducive for technology transfer and focused interviews have been conducted for this purpose. The findings show that idiosyncrasies of Universities of Applied Sciences have remarkable effects on their technology transfer abilities. This paper presents four of the models that emerge from the PhD research: Generic Technology Transfer Model (Section 5.1); Idiosyncrasies Model for the Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences (Section 5.2); Idiosyncrasies-Technology Transfer Effects Model (Section 5.3); Idiosyncrasies-Technology Transfer Cumulated Effects Model (Section 5.3). The primary and secondary research methods employed for this study are: literature survey, focus groups, participant observation, and interviews. The findings of the research contribute to a conceptual design of a technology transfer system which aims to enhance the higher education institutions' technology transfer performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, EMCIS 2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event5th European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, EMCIS 2008 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 25 May 200826 May 2008

Other

Other5th European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, EMCIS 2008
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period25/05/0826/05/08

Keywords

  • Cumulated effects
  • Idiosyncrasies
  • Technology transfer

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    Heinzl, J., Kor, A. L., Orange, G., & Kaufmann, H. R. (2008). Austrian higher education institutions' idiosyncrasies and technology transfer system. In Proceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, EMCIS 2008