Crossing Boundaries aims to develop, through a coherent programme of staff exchange, a new international and multi-disciplinary research community working in exploring the processes, challenges and implications on innovation performance of knowledge and technology transfer across national boundaries. This research community will focus particularly in addressing five research questions.
- Who are the actors involved in the process of knowledge and technology transfer for the purposes of innovation across national boundaries?
- What are the processes of knowledge and technology transfer across national boundaries and how do these differ according to the actors involved?
- How do contextual factors (such as institutional divergence, cultural differences and geographic distance) influence the processes of knowledge and technology transfer across national boundaries?
- How do organisational factors (such as technological capabilities, and the absorptive capacity of the firm) influence the processes of knowledge and technology transfer across national boundaries?
- What are the implications for policy and policy transfer for innovation?
The programme will contribute in the development of theoretical constructs in addressing the five research questions above, and provide an evidence base drawn from the experience of the countries involved in Crossing Boundaries that could be used to inform future research and policy. The proposed project will also develop country case studies that explore specific aspects (territorial, organisational and policy) aspects of these issues.
An important aim of the programme is to create an enduring partnership and future collaborative research. This will be achieved in two ways. Firstly, the establishment of cross institutional contacts during exchanges: involving meetings with researchers in other Schools and research and international officers. Secondly, the involvement of the partner institution’s management, research and international officers in the programme of exchanges.