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Individual and Organizational Aspects of University-Industry Relations in Nanotechnology: The Turkish Case

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  • Berna Beyhan

    ()
    (TEKPOL, Science and Technology Policy Studies, Middle East Technical University)

  • M. Teoman Pamukçu

    ()
    (TEKPOL, Science and Technology Policy Studies, Middle East Technical University)

  • Erkan Erdil

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University)

Abstract

Emerging nanotechnologies bring a new challenge for developing countries to improve knowledge and technology transfer between universities and firms. In developing countries, weaker ties between academia and the industry seem to be one of the main barriers to the dissemination of nanotechnology innovations. This study aims to understand individual and organizational factors affecting university-industry interactions in emerging nanotechnologies in a developing country context, namely Turkey. For this study, 181 questionnaires were collected from a sample of nano-science and nanotechnology academics who are currently employed by Turkish universities. The results provide that informal / interpersonal and research-related interactions are the most common forms of relationship between academics and firms. On the other hand, the study provides a useful insight to understand how human and social capitals of university-scientists as well as organizational resources/ capabilities influence the formation of links between universities and the industry.

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Paper provided by STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University in its series STPS Working Papers with number 1106.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
Date of revision: Jun 2011
Handle: RePEc:met:stpswp:1106

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Keywords: Nanotechnology; nanoscience; emerging technologies; technology transfer; university-industry relations; science and technology policies; probit model; disproportionate stratified sampling; emerging economies; Turkey.;

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