An Innovation and Development Model for Regional University Campuses

By Alan R. Howgrave-Graham.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper builds a practical model that highlights how university developed innovations may be both generated and commercialized. Building on existing innovation models, the paper outlines the role of other actors in the system that are instrumental within the innovation process. Knowledge flows that can maximize technology transfer and allow serendipity to enhance productivity are indicated. The focus of the model is on regional universities that suffer from lower levels of funding, more junior researchers and a general lack of resources to facilitate the commercialization process relative to their major city counterparts. It reveals how the simultaneous generation of commercializable outcomes such as new products and spin-off companies, as well those of more importance to the universities, such as publications and degree completions can emerge from a process of creative problem solving, funded mainly by industry opportunities and facilitated from within the university campus. The role of NGO’s and community groups in ensuring that local community concerns are addressed is also built into the model. Regional Victoria within Australia is the basis for much of the discussion and practical application of the model.

Keywords: Innovation Models, Creative Problem Solving, Regional Campuses, Commercialization, Research Outputs, Australia

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.75-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.428MB).

Dr. Alan R. Howgrave-Graham

Lecturer, School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia

Alan Howgrave-Graham spent four years working in hydrological research then pollution control in the Department of Water Affairs in South Africa, before spending twelve years teaching microbiology and doing environmental biotechnology research, mostly at the University of Natal where he completed his PhD. He migrated to Australia in 1999 and started a Doctorate in Business Administration specializing in commercialization of University intellectual property. In 2001 he worked at Curtin University at the Centre of Excellence in Cleaner Production before taking up his current position as microbiology lecturer at Monash University. He has published 17 scientific journal articles on anaerobic and aerobic treatment of wastewaters and the detection of protozoan pathogens in water. More recently he published a book chapter on the implications on biotechnology strategies of the Australian system of cooperative research centres and industrial clusters, as well as a journal article on opportunities for cleaner production in West Australian SME’s. His research interests are in all the above topics as well as in methods for teaching to large classes and in multicultural settings.


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