Knowledge Integration Communities: A case study of an innovative university-industry knowledge exchange program

Edward B. Acworth, Cambridge-MIT Institute

The Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI), an alliance between Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a UK government- and industry- funded initiative with a mission to enhance the productivity, competitiveness, and entrepreneurship of the UK. CMI designs and tests innovative mechanisms to support knowledge exchange processes between academia and industry. Implementation mainly occurs through Knowledge Integration Communities (KICs), collaborative entities comprising academic researchers, industry participants, government policy makers, and educators, who identify and pursue an integrated solution to a common problem. This presentation provides the conceptual basis of the KIC model with an overview of its functional components, process of formation, support mechanisms, organisational structure, review processes,
and mechanisms for knowledge exchange.

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