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Improving or Impairing? Following Technology Transfer Changes at the University of Cambridge


  • Shiri Breznitz


Breznitz S. M. Improving or impairing? Following technology transfer changes at the University of Cambridge, Regional Studies. At academic and policy levels, universities are finding themselves in heated debate about their role in fostering entrepreneurship and local economic growth. Theories that encourage university involvement in the region perceive a straightforward positive correlation between the level of the university contribution and industrial growth in the region. Accordingly, the adaptation of a successful model will have positive results on local economic growth. Utilizing a case study of the University of Cambridge, this paper contends that the impact on regional economies depends on universities' resources, policies, and organization, as well as on industry's response to the knowledge and innovation generated. [image omitted] Breznitz S. M. Ameliorer ou affaiblir? Suivre l'evolution du transfert technologique a l'Universite de Cambridge, Regional Studies. Aux niveaux academique et de politique, les universites se retrouvent au coeur d'un debat anime au sujet de leur role dans la promotion de l'esprit d'entreprise et de la croissance economique locale. Les theories en faveur de l'engagement regional voient une correlation etroite directe entre l'importance de la contribution de l'universite et le taux de croissance industrielle de la region. Il s'ensuit que l'adaptation d'un modele reussi aura des effets positifs sur la croissance economique locale. En se servant d'une etude de cas de, a savoir l'Universite de Cambridge, cet article affirme que l'effet regional depend des ressources, des politiques, et de l'organisation de l'universite, aussi bien que de la reponse de l'industrie a la connaissance et a l'innovation creees. Amenagement du territoire Transfert technologique Universites Biotechnologie Breznitz S. M. Verbesserung oder Beeintrachtigung? Untersuchung der Veranderungen im Bereich des Technologietransfers in der Universitat Cambridge, Regional Studies. Die Universitaten befinden sich auf akademischer und politischer Ebene in einer hitzigen Debatte uber ihre Rolle bei der Forderung von Unternehmertum und lokalem Wirtschaftswachstum. In den Theorien zugunsten einer Beteiligung der Universitaten an der Region wird eine einfache positive Korrelation zwischen dem Ausmass des Beitrags der Universitat und dem industriellen Wachstum in der Region gesehen. Dementsprechend wirkt sich die Anpassung eines erfolgreichen Modells positiv auf das lokale Wirtschaftswachstum aus. Anhand einer Fallstudie der Universitat Cambridge wird in diesem Beitrag argumentiert, dass die Auswirkung auf die Regionalwirtschaften von den Ressourcen, Politiken und der Organisation der Universitaten abhangt sowie auch von der Reaktion der Industrie auf das erzeugte Wissen und die entstandene Innovation. Regionale Wirtschaftsentwicklung Technologietransfer Universitaten Biotechnologie Breznitz S. M. ¿Mejora o perjuicio? Analisis de los cambios de la transferencia tecnologica en la Universidad de Cambridge, Regional Studies. Las universidades debaten con interes a nivel academico y politico que papel desempenan a la hora de fomentar el empresariado y el crecimiento economico local. En las teorias que abogan por la participacion de las universidades en la region se percibe una correlacion positiva y directa entre el nivel de la contribucion universitaria y el crecimiento industrial de la region. En consecuencia, la adaptacion de un modelo de exito tendra resultados positivos en el crecimiento economico local. Con ayuda de un estudio de caso en la Universidad de Cambridge, en este articulo sostenemos que el efecto en las economias regionales depende de los recursos, las politicas y la organizacion de las universidades asi como de la respuesta de la industria al conocimiento y la innovacion que genera. Desarrollo economico regional Transferencia tecnologica Universidades Biotecnologia

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  • Shiri Breznitz, 2011. "Improving or Impairing? Following Technology Transfer Changes at the University of Cambridge," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(4), pages 463-478.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:4:p:463-478
    DOI: 10.1080/00343401003601909

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    1. D Keeble, 2001. "University and Technology: Science and Technology Parks in the Cambridge Region," Working Papers wp218, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
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    1. Martin Carree & Antonio Malva & Enrico Santarelli, 2014. "The contribution of universities to growth: empirical evidence for Italy," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 39(3), pages 393-414, June.
    2. Jacobsson, Staffan & Lindholm-Dahlstrand, Åsa & Elg, Lennart, 2013. "Is the commercialization of European academic R&D weak?—A critical assessment of a dominant belief and associated policy responses," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 874-885.


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