A mixed study of the factors influencing knowledge transfer activities among regular professors at the Université de Montréal

Knowledge transfer (KT) is increasingly recognized in the academic world. However, the role of professor-researchers in the KT process is not yet defined. Very little relevant data exists on how to support them in their KT activities. This study is designed to identify whether additional efforts are necessary to support researchers in their KT activities. The respondents are from all faculties of the Université de Montréal and their research activities are varied. In the first quantitative phase, 1,200 researchers were invited to fill out a web questionnaire to create a portrait of the current state of the production, dissemination and communication of university research results. In a second, qualitative phase, a sub-sample was asked to participate in individual interviews from 15 to 30 minutes long to identify

1) the drivers of researcher KT activities, such as collaboration of the research and practice communities, and

2) the obstacles to KT, such as the lack of resources and appreciation for KT activities. The presentation looks at the results of the two phases of the study.

Project team members:

  • Marc-Olivier CROTEAU