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University-industry knowledge and technology transfer in Switzerland: What university scientists think about co-operation with private enterprises

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  • Arvanitis, Spyros
  • Kubli, Ursina
  • Woerter, Martin

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This study explores empirically the factors determining the propensity of Swiss science institutions at the level of a single institute or department to get involved in a wide spectrum of knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) activities with private corporations. A main finding is that scientific institutes with a stronger orientation to applied research and/or lower teaching obligations are also stronger inclined to get involved in overall KTT activities. The same is valid for institutes which have already had experience with industry co-operations as reflected by a high share of external funds in an institute's budget. Further, there is no systematic size effect with respect to KTT activities. Institutes of engineering, natural sciences and economics/management are strongly represented among KTT-active institutes. Universities of applied sciences have an above-average propensity to KTT activities.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 10 (December)
Pages: 1865-1883

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Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:37:y:2008:i:10:p:1865-1883

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Keywords: Knowledge and technology transfer Patenting Licensing Spin-offs;

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