Here is a brief introduction of the book and we attach for you the executive summary of the course that gives birth to the Book.
As the world shifts from separated national economies towards an interdependent global economic system, countries and organisations worldwide face a new era of intense global competition and challenges where innovation is considered to be a key driver for a new economy.
In the search for innovation, Higher Education Institutions (HEI) as knowledge-producing and disseminating institutions can play a pivotal role.
With this understanding, HEI in Latin America, have become significantly more entrepreneurial over the last decade (OECD, 2013). This transformation follows a global trend where increasingly national governments are encouraging the creation of a “third mission” due to its imperative role in the knowledge-based economy.
UniTransfer, the project that gives birth to this book, emerges as a response to better understanding the nature of knowledge and technology transfer (KTT), and ways to implement change from within the structures of HEIs in Central America and Mexico.
This publication portrays each one of the projects developed by the participants. Each chapter constitutes an approach and a good practice that can be further consulted by any other academic institution in a similar context striving for change to success.
This publication brings forward concepts like “Knowledge and technology transfer”, “Innovation management”, “Strategic management”, “Partnerships”, “University-Business Cooperation”, “Value Creation” “Academic Entrepreneurship”, “Tacit knowledge” “Incentives System”, “Liaison units” “Innovative SMEs” and “Entrepreneurial culture”. Moreover, the projects developed from each participant illustrate the specific profiles, visions and missions, as well as organisational and governance frameworks that the new leadership in higher education needs to embrace if it ought to fulfil its new entrepreneurial role beyond the traditional boundaries of the HEI (Badillo Vega & Krücken, 2014).