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Inside multi-disciplinary science and engineering research centers: The impact of organizational climate on invention disclosures and patents

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  • Hunter, Emily M.
  • Perry, Sara Jansen
  • Currall, Steven C.

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Much past research on commercialization activities by university scientists and engineers has focused on the role of resources in the extra-organizational commercialization environment, such as the availability of venture capital funding. By contrast, our theoretical and empirical interest was in intra-organizational dynamics impacting the context in which scientists and engineers work. Drawing upon organizational psychology literature on the construct of organizational climate, we posited that researchers working in an intra-organizational climate that supports commercialization and encourages intra-organizational boundary-spanning will be more likely to produce invention disclosures and patents. Our data from 218 respondents at 21 engineering research centers was both multi-method (i.e., qualitative data from interviews, longitudinal archival data, and survey data) and multi-level. Our results showed that an organizational climate characterized by support for commercialization predicted invention disclosures one year later and an organizational climate characterized by boundary-spanning predicted patent awards two years later.

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  • Hunter, Emily M. & Perry, Sara Jansen & Currall, Steven C., 2011. "Inside multi-disciplinary science and engineering research centers: The impact of organizational climate on invention disclosures and patents," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 40(9), pages 1226-1239.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:40:y:2011:i:9:p:1226-1239
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2011.05.024
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