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Learning to be capable: patenting and licensing at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation 1925--2002

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  • Gerard George
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    This study explores the effects of experiential learning on the cost of capability development. Drawing from historical data on patenting and licensing activities at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, we find evidence of a curvilinear relationship between experiential learning within a capability and the costs of developing the same capability. Our results also suggest that learning in a primary capability has a beneficial spillover effect on the development of complementary capabilities. However, at high levels of accumulated experience, we found that the primary capability has the potential to impede the deployment of related capabilities. The results of this study add to the dynamic capabilities, university technology transfer and science policy literatures. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 119-151

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:14:y:2005:i:1:p:119-151

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    1. Nelson, Andrew J., 2012. "Putting university research in context: Assessing alternative measures of production and diffusion at Stanford," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 41(4), pages 678-691.
    2. Fosfuri, Andrea & Tribø, Josep A., 2008. "Exploring the antecedents of potential absorptive capacity and its impact on innovation performance," Omega, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 173-187, April.
    3. Francesco LISSONI (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113) & Michele PEZZONI (KITeS, University of Bocconi) & Bianca POTI (CERIS-CNR) & Sandra ROMAGNOSI (Parco Scientifico Università \"Tor Vergata\"), 2012. "University autonomy, IP legislation and academic patenting: Italy, 1996-2007," Cahiers du GREThA, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée 2012-26, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.

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