The Influence of Organizational Culture on University-Industry Linkage: Focus on Innovation and Technology Transfer in Ethiopia

Vol-4 | Issue-03 | March 2019 | Published Online: 13 March 2019    PDF ( 522 KB )
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2592536
Author(s)
Prof. D. M. Sheaba Rani 1; Mr. Edo Rago Tufa 2

1Department of Commerce and Management Studies, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (India)

2Research Scholar (FT) Department of Commerce and Management Studies, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (India)

Abstract

The current business environment is demanding organizations to enter into a paradigm shift in their business operations so that they can adopt a strategy of competing through collaboration. University-industry linkage (UIL) is a kind of collaboration that brings together universities and industries to a platform that facilitates conditions for the exchange of knowledge and skills, hence promote business innovation and technology transfer. This study was thus conducted to investigate the influence of organizational culture on the implementation of UIL and its contribution to innovation and technology transfer taking selected science and technology universities and manufacturing firms in Ethiopia. Primary data through survey questionnaire and semi-structured interview were collected and analyzed using both descriptive and inferential analyses. A total sample of 365 (250 from university and 115 from industry) participated in the survey questionnaires upon which the data analysis was based. The study revealed that the organization culturein universities affected the implementation of UIL and its associated results of innovation and technology transfer. However, the effect of culture was not clearly visible for industries. It was found that there was no significant difference in the perceptions of universities and industries towards the effect of culture on UIL.

Keywords
innovation, organizational culture, technology transfer, university-industry linkage
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