Exploring Knowledge Transfer at UC Engineering School


  • Hector Eduardo Gaete Fica DICTUC SA




knowledge transfer, academic patenting, scientific publication.


I explore the degree to which patents represent magnitude of knowledge transferred from University to Industry. Building on the Agrawal & Henderson (2002) framework, I compare two MIT engineering departments and the School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC Engineering). Based on quantitative and qualitative data I estimated the relative importance of patenting as a knowledge transfer mechanism. I found that in UC Engineering patenting and publishing activity have increased steadily, in line with faculty size increase. However, patenting is perceived by academics as a relatively less important technology transfer channel, and in terms of production counting it appears much less relevant. Although in terms of relative importance of publishing over patenting as a technology transfer channel both are relatively similar, in the perception of faculty; in terms of production counting there is a substantial difference. I suggest some plausible explanations, proposing new avenues for research.


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Author Biography

Hector Eduardo Gaete Fica, DICTUC SA

Hector Gaete works as a researcher in DICTUC SA a company affiliated to the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Acquisition Management from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. He is focused on strengthening capabilities aimed to deploy a more effective Industry - University relationship, enhancing technology transfer activity in which DICTUC participates.


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How to Cite

Gaete Fica, H. E. (2018). Exploring Knowledge Transfer at UC Engineering School. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 13(3), 64–78. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242018000300064



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