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University professors and research commercialization: An empirical test of the “knowledge corridor” thesis


  • Gabrielsson, Jonas

    () (CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Diamanto, Politis

    (KEEN, Halmstad University)

  • Tell, Joakim

    (CTIM, Halmstad University)


There has been an increasing interest in the determinants and outcomes of successful technology transfer and commercialization of research results. In this study we test the validity of the “knowledge corridor” thesis for explaining the involvement of university professors’ in the early stages of research commercialization. Statistical analysis on a sample of 86 respondents from engineering, natural science and medical faculties in a large Swedish university shows that both entrepreneurial and private industry experience significantly influence their ability to spot and generate business ideas in their research. Moreover, we find that research based business idea generation increase at a faster rate for professors with private sector work experience who have more time for research in their positions. The article ends with a discussion of our empirical findings together with its implications for support activities related to technology transfer and commercialization of research results.

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  • Gabrielsson, Jonas & Diamanto, Politis & Tell, Joakim, 2009. "University professors and research commercialization: An empirical test of the “knowledge corridor” thesis," Papers in Innovation Studies 2009/4, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2009_004

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    1. Virginia Acha & David Gann & Ammon Salter, 2005. "Episodic Innovation: R&D Strategies for Project-Based Environments," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 255-281.
    2. Harald Bathelt & Andersand Malmberg & Peter Maskell, 2002. "Clusters and Knowledge Local Buzz, Global Pipelines and the Process of Knowledge Creation," DRUID Working Papers 02-12, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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    academic entrepreneurship; knowledge corridor; research commercialization;

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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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