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Knowledge Ecosystems in Higher Education: Implications for Universities of
Technology in South Africa

Author(s): Richard Shambare, Bleming Nekati

Citation: Richard Shambare, Bleming Nekat, (2010) "Knowledge Ecosystems in Higher Education: Implications for Universities of Technology in South Africa," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 11, Iss. 5, pp. 114 - 123

Article Type: Research paper

Publisher: North American Business Press


More than ever, modern society increasingly relies on universities to develop technologies for today’s
knowledge economies. In order to facilitate the transfer and diffusion of technologies, many universities
develop university spin-offs (USOs) as vehicles for technology transfer. The American model for USO
development, for instance the ‘Silicon Valley’ and the ‘Route 128’ has been very successful. In South
Africa and many other developing countries, however, USO formation is still limited despite the
availability of diverse skills within universities. As a result, sustainable technology transfer in developing
nations is difficult to realise. In this paper it is argued that knowledge ecosystems that stimulate the
interchange of information, knowledge, and expertise invariably promote USO development. Thus,
drawing from lessons from the experience from other countries, as well as the specific South African
settings a conceptual model for stimulating the USO formation is presented.