La Relación Universidad-Empresa en América Latina: ¿Apropiación Incorrecta de Modelos Foráneos?

Journal of Technology Management & Innovation

This article examines how Bolivian lecturers respond to the debate on the production of knowledge and its transfer to the productive sector and its implications for the transformation of Latin American universities. The empirical analysis is based on a survey of 349 lecturers from Bolivian public universities, which inquired into aspects of university-industry relations (UIR). Although the results indicate that lecturers are in favour of relations with firms, there are several barriers to such relationships, such as lack of institutional support, generally unfavourable atmosphere in universities, and an industrial structure comprising few firms in knowledge-intensive sectors and firms with low absorptive capacity. In the context of Bolivia, unlike what occurs in developed countries, UIR have been configured around scientifically unimportant activities which has had a negative effect on the consolidation of research.