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What makes a gatekeeper? Insights from the Finnish nano-community

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  • Tuomo Nikulainen

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In the process of transferring scientific knowledge to industry the role of individual academics has received less attention than the other actors in this process. This paper aims to identify the characteristics of these key individuals, or gatekeepers, by analysing them within the context of technology transfer in a science and technology community. The estimation results show that individuals who are able to provide firms with relevant research information and results are connected to the firms informally and formally. They have commercial motivations in their research and are more likely to act as gatekeepers in social networks. On the other hand, some of the a priori assumptions of these characteristics fail to have significant influence.

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Paper provided by DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies in its series DRUID Working Papers with number 07-03.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Keywords: Technology transfer; nanotechnology; social networks; gatekeepers;

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  1. Nikulainen, Tuomo, 2007. "Identifying Nanotechnological Linkages in the Finnish Economy - An Explorative Study," Discussion Papers 1101, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  2. Nikulainen, Tuomo, 2013. "Generating commercial ideas in Finnish universities. The role of interdisciplinarity and networking," ETLA Working Papers 9, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  3. Christiane Götze, 2007. "Netzwerke und Leistungseliten in Forschung und Entwicklung," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers 22/2007, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.

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