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University - Community interaction: the development of a network to facilitate knowledge and know-how diffusion between Dublin City University and four partnership companies

O'Reilly, Eamonn (1996) University - Community interaction: the development of a network to facilitate knowledge and know-how diffusion between Dublin City University and four partnership companies. Master of Business Studies thesis, Dublin City University.

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Partnership Companies - which unite community development groups with the statutory agencies and social partners - have been established throughout Ireland, to tackle the problem of unemployment in a structured and sustainable manner. Despite the success of these companies to date, there still exists a deficit in the technical skills available to research issues and make better-informed decisions. The development and acquisition of knowledge and know-how, and its diffusion to students has been, and will continue to be, a major role for universities. However, many higher educational establishments are currently seeking new ways to interact proactively with their local communities. The transfer of knowledge and know-how to communities, offers an opportunity for universities to make a significant contribution to the community development process. A pilot programme to develop and test the feasibility of an innovative network to enhance the exchange of knowledge and know-how between Dublin City University and four North Dublin Partnership Companies has been initiated. This thesis critically examines the network through both participant observation of the pilot programme and a literature review of related material. The examination indicates that the network has the potential to benefit the stakeholders - DCU, FAS, the Partnership Companies, local communities and other network participants - though some issues still need to be addressed. These are: formal recognition for university staff involvement must be initiated; contractual arrangements between the university and the partnership companies must be agreed; and, funding of the network to facilitate the maintenance of more sustainable links must be sought. Issues that require further research are: the appropriateness of ultimate responsibility for the research resting outside the university; temporary personnel exchanges between the university and the partnership companies; and, the applicability of the network in other situations of university-community interaction.

Item Type:Thesis (Master of Business Studies)
Date of Award:1996
Supervisor(s):Moran, Frank
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dublin City University case study; Community and college Ireland; University Community interaction; Social problems
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Communication
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19573
Deposited On:18 Oct 2013 11:51 by Celine Campbell. Last Modified 18 Oct 2013 11:51

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