CIHE Study Report - KTP Management Board Response

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
Response of the KTP Management Board to the Recommendations made by the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) in their Report:
Key Attributes for Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

The recommendations of this study were:

1. The integrity of the KTP model (the people, mechanisms, systems and processes) should be retained as each element has been found to have a specific, recognised purpose in building the partnership, facilitating KT and the development and the embedding of innovative capacity.

2. Improve targeting – proactively identify more of the right businesses – and possibly target “Catapults” to increase the propensity and ability of SMEs to engage with them.

3. Emphasise, and wherever appropriate, develop and exploit the Adviser role as a mentor and facilitator of open innovation.

4. Undertake a more proactive selection of Associates.

5. Enhance the application to aid understanding of the requirements for completion, but recognise and assert the inherent value of the process to building collaborative KT partners.

6. Given the potential for reflective learning from the final report – this could be used more widely, not only to improve the practices of the KTP Advisers and other agents but also to drive understanding of the operational success strategies which can be used to increase the probability of success in KT.

7. The development of case studies and role models of the process of collaboration from the final reports could be a valuable asset in raising awareness amongst stakeholders of the process of open innovation (impact pathways); this will require an amendment to the final report to include a timeline of the development of the collaboration.

8. Modifications can be made to the peer review and approvals process, to ensure greater consistency between the Regional Groups, reinforce the probity of the process and ensure that the use of the KTP model in promoting assimilation (embedding) is reinforced. These would include formalisation and codification of the role of the supporting Adviser in the peer review process, and the strengthening of the treatment of post PAG amendments to ensure that where these involve embedding the explicit approval of all partners is obtained.

9. The personal development rewards from the Associate role, suggest that this approach of embedding graduates as boundary spanners and knowledge socialisation agents might be extended into other areas of application.

10. The Adviser plays a critical role in the success of the partnerships and the skills displayed by the Adviser as a knowledge broker, boundary spanner and partnership builder could be of value outside of the KTP programme.

The KTP Management Board welcomes the insights to knowledge exchange provided within this report, as well as the conclusions and recommendations of the study.

An updated strategy for the KTP programme was published on 19 October 2012 (, which broadly reflected the recommendations of this study.

The Technology Strategy Board, its funding partners for KTP and the CIHE will jointly seek to publicise the report and to build on the work undertaken during this study.

KTP Management Board
January 2013

To see the original item about the report click here.

To read the report, 'Key Attributes for Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships,’ click here.

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