The aim of every knowledge transfer process is the successful transfer of knowledge from a knowledge source to a knowledge recipient. Success is indicated by the creation of the ability within the recipient to contextualize knowledge, and to then use this knowledge to initiate concrete, local and sustainable innovation processes. The dynamics and influencing factors of this process chain form the research domain of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Development Cooperation Unit. While today’s new technological solutions wield the potential to trigger global economic development processes, knowledge transfer processes are often insufficiently professionalized to enable developing and emerging economies to make full use of this potential.
From this standpoint, we approach the transfer processes of knowledge and technology-intensive solutions from the context of Western industrial nations to developing and emerging economies in Africa, Asia and South America. We take particular interest in the questions
- how can a high-tech solution (e.g. bio- or medical technology) be successfully integrated into a supposedly low-tech context; and
- which structures (e.g. business models, value chains, innovation systems) enable this process?