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Dynamics of knowledge creation and diffusion in University Research Centres

This PRTLI-funded project examines the dynamics of knowledge creation and diffusion in University Research Centres from a number of perspectives. This includes a micro level focus on the interactions between individuals and teams and the ways in which team processes support or prevent the successful creation of knowledge within the team and the sharing of knowledge across teams. At the meso-level the project explores leadership and management processes and the ways that these contribute to research centre innovative capacity. Finally, the macro-level involves exploration into the interactions between universities and businesses and the ways knowledge is fostered and diffused between these two entities. Of particular interest here is the factors that may hinder or facilitate the rate of knowledge development and the speed of knowledge transfer. The research forms part of the knowledge stream of the Irish Social Sciences Platform and is funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, administered by the HEA and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The LInK team includes Dr Finian Buckley, Dr Teresa Hogan, Prof Kathy Monks, Dr Brian Harney, Dr Angelos Alexopoulos, Dr Aamir Chughtai and PhD scholars Diana Boehm, John Brogan and Jennifer Kennedy. Findings to date have been published in the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Further details about the project are available from Brian Harney (