Transfer or emergence: strategies for building design knowledge through knowledge transfer partnerships

Tom Inns, Seaton Baxter, Emma Murphy

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    The business of design is clearly a knowledge-based activity. Governments have introduced a variety of mechanisms to support knowledge transfer. One approach in the UK is the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, which supports collaboration between universities and businesses. This paper reflects on experiences of running design-related KTP programmes. Firstly, examples of KTP programmes with companies that were inexperienced in using design are reviewed. These KTP programmes have concentrated on transferring knowledge of tools, techniques and processes. Recent experience of a KTP programme with a company partner that is highly experienced in design is then examined. This KTP programme has been based on creating tools within the company partner through codifying existing tacit knowledge. Reflection on both approaches suggests that attention needs to be paid to the types of knowledge that might be involved in design-related KTPs. The paper concludes by suggesting ways of structuring KTP programmes to support tacit knowledge emergence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-44
    Number of pages10
    JournalDesign Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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