The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 285–301 | Cite as

Challenges in technology transfer: an actor perspective in a quadruple helix environment

  • Constance Van Horne
  • Vincent Dutot


This article presents and tests a knowledge and technology transfer framework in a quadruple helix environment, from an actor perspective. The Canadian forest products industry provides a unique opportunity for data collection through case studies as it is an industry built on a triple bottom line, which is managed for sustainable progress. By confronting the new framework to 31 professionals, we highlight the role and challenges faced by each helix. Several factors such as culture, time horizon management and the adaption of theory to practice appear to be determinant to improve technology transfer. We see in our work an important contribution to the generalization of knowledge and technology transfer processes in a quadruple helix environment.


Knowledge and technology transfer Challenges Forest products industry Triple helix Quadruple helix 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of BusinessZayed UniversityAbu DhabiUAE
  2. 2.Chair D-CubeParis School of BusinessParisFrance

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