The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 229–235 | Cite as

Global knowledge intensive enterprises and international technology transfer: emerging perspectives from a quadruple helix environment

  • Manlio Del Giudice
  • Elias G. Carayannis
  • Vincenzo Maggioni


Management scholars have widely acknowledged that we live a new era of economic development, the so-called knowledge economy, where knowledge appears to be the key foundation of value creation. During the recent years, it seems like knowledge has become an all-embracing term that has come to stand for all the magic that goes on within contemporary organizations, making them successful. Knowledge is then an immaterial and ubiquitous asset, embodied into individuals and embedded in their routines and artefacts. From this shadowy asset arises the main research purpose of several management scholars: to ascertain the underlying organizational alchemy and the mystery of knowledge. In the managerial literature, when knowledge comes so deeply incorporated within a firm this has been usually reflected in a widely used concept: the knowledge-intensive enterprise, a term that has received significant attention from scholars and researchers, now expressing a category of organizations within academic scientific research. Likewise, a growing debate is emerging among policy makers and scholars in technology transfer processes and tools for KIEs worldwide.


Knowledge intensive enterprises Global knowledge transfer Quadruple helix Technology transfer 

JEL Classification

L1 M16 O32 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manlio Del Giudice
    • 1
  • Elias G. Carayannis
    • 2
    • 3
  • Vincenzo Maggioni
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Rome “Link Campus”RomeItaly
  2. 2.GWU School of Business (GWU SB)WashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Higher School of EconomicsNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Second University of NaplesCapuaItaly

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