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Engaging the scholar: Three types of academic consulting and their impact on universities and industry

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  • Perkmann, Markus
  • Walsh, Kathryn

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We present a conceptual framework of academic consulting and explore its impacts on universities and the benefits to innovating firms. We distinguish between three types of academic consulting: opportunity-driven, commercialization-driven and research-driven. Exploring the implications of these different types, first, we postulate that consulting has limited impact on biasing academic research towards more 'applied' themes. Secondly, while we expect research-driven consulting activities to be positively associated with research productivity, opportunity-driven consulting will have a negative impact. Thirdly, we differentiate between different functions of academic consulting for different types of firms.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 10 (December)
Pages: 1884-1891

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Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:37:y:2008:i:10:p:1884-1891

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Keywords: Academic consulting Faculty consulting University-industry relations Commercialization Science technology interface;

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