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Title:The Role of Collaboration in Knowledge Production and Technology Transfer
Author(s):Treat, Tod E.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Scott Johnson
Department / Program:Human Resources and Family Studies
Discipline:Human Resources and Family Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Organizational
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of collaborative forms employed by a Global Diversified Healthcare Company with locations worldwide and its academic research hospitals. A case method approach has been utilized to provide knowledge of the context, dynamics, and strategies in the partnership. The study reveals significant collaborations between the corporate and academic sectors, promoted indirectly by the government sector on two fronts: funding initiatives on the "front end" of basic and applied research, and regulatory initiatives on the "back end" intended to promote public safety, reliability, and efficacy. The results can be categorized into three major categories: collaborative forms, organizational learning, and knowledge and innovation. The results show that the formation of Centers of Excellence (COE) has been used by Global Diversified Healthcare Company (GDHC) to increase the quality of its commercialized products, while reducing development time and avoiding regulatory issues. The COEs provide expertise on a particular disease state, access to sample banks, and a laboratory that can evaluate assays and protocols to improve them before development. Clinicians and laboratorians in the COE partner with GDHC managing scientists and business managers to fulfill projects, participate in presentations and publications, and promote potential new biomarkers. The COEs prove to be effective gap-spanners between basic and applied research in academic settings and the applied research in the GDHC. Effective knowledge transfers over such gaps are needed both early in the commercialization process, and later knowledge is transferred to OPDs, to the GDHC development unit, and on to manufacturing.
Issue Date:2008
Description:136 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3314918
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2008

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