11 December 2006

SAP Research worldwide Vice-President Professor Lutz Heuser has visited The University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) to discuss future opportunities for research collaboration between the University and the global organisation.

UQ Business Information Systems Cluster Leader Professor Peter Green said the visit principally concerned Mr Heuser’s interest in UQBS PhD student Marissa Takahashi’s joint research with SAP that started about 12 months ago.

“Given the preliminary interest, we will be discussing ways to extend this work including different funding possibilities,” Professor Green said.

Ms Takahashi’s PhD is investigating the relationship between research impact and knowledge transfer in ICT hi-tech project environments.

“Research impact happens in the context of a knowledge transfer and innovation ecosystem,” she said.

“However, defining research impact for ICT hi-tech projects is problematic – it typically means different things to different stakeholders.

“So the initial part of the research is to identify projects for which a consistent picture of research impact can be obtained.”

Ms Takashi hopes to apply her findings so that organizations can enhance the impact of their research.

“I want to look at the role of knowledge transfer in the hi-tech ICT process and identify the knowledge transfer strategies that can enhance research impact," she said.

“The outcomes of this research could be relevant to any organisation seeking to evaluate and enhance the impact of its ICT research.”

SAP Research is a worldwide organization that identifies emerging IT trends and conducts research and development for new technologies.

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