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The determinants of academic research commercial performance: Towards an organizational ambidexterity perspective

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  • Chang, Yuan-Chieh
  • Yang, Phil Y.
  • Chen, Ming-Huei
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    This paper examined the relationship between organizational ambidexterity and research commercialization in universities. The paper develops two types of organizational ambidexterity: structural ambidexterity and contextual ambidexterity that influence research commercialization. Through a dataset of 474 academic patent inventors in Taiwan, the results revealed structural and contextual ambidexterity factors are patenting-, licensing- and start-up-specific. Despite both types of ambidexterity are complementary in patenting and licensing, contextual ambidexterity outperform structural ambidexterity in fostering university start-up equity participation. To promote academic research commercialization, it is necessary to build up a university as a dual structural organization that allows pursuing research excellence and research commercialization at the same time.

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    Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 6 (July)
    Pages: 936-946

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    Keywords: Organizational ambidexterity Research commercialization Academic patent inventor;

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