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An empirical analysis of the propensity of academics to engage in informal university technology transfer

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  • Albert N. Link
  • Donald S. Siegel
  • Barry Bozeman

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Formal university technology transfer mechanisms, through licensing agreements, research joint ventures, and university-based startups, have attracted considerable attention in the academic literature. Surprisingly, there has been little systematic empirical analysis of the propensity of academics to engage in informal technology transfer. This paper presents empirical evidence on the determinants of three types of informal technology transfer by faculty members: transfer of commercial technology, joint publications with industry scientists, and industrial consulting. We find that male, tenured and research-grant active faculty members are more likely to engage in all three forms of informal technology transfer. Copyright 2007 , Oxford University Press.

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

Volume (Year): 16 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 641-655

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:16:y:2007:i:4:p:641-655

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  6. Attila György, 2011. "Knowledge From Research As A Quasi-Public Good," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 2, pages 56-62, May.
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  8. Bradley, Samantha R. & Hayter, Christopher S. & Link, Albert N., 2013. "Models and Methods of University Technology Transfer," Working Papers, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics 13-10, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics.
  9. Berna Beyhan & M. Teoman Pamukçu & Erkan Erdil, 2011. "Individual and Organizational Aspects of University-Industry Relations in Nanotechnology: The Turkish Case," STPS Working Papers, STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University 1106, STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University, revised Jun 2011.

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