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Investigating the complexity facing academic entrepreneurs in science and engineering: the complementarities of research performance, networks and support structures in commercialisation
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Integrated Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6024-7908
2012 (English)In: Cambridge Journal of Economics, ISSN 0309-166X, E-ISSN 1464-3545, Vol. 36, no 3, 751-780 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relative importance, and specific role, of academic entrepreneurship in society has long focused upon productivity in terms of the commercialisation of research. Public policy is an instrument used in different countries to stimulate start-up companies, including attempts to influence national institutions, university structures and the incentives for individual researchers. This paper contributes with an analysis of Sweden, which has retained the 'professor's privilege', whereby the individual retains inventor rights and can choose to allocate ownership rights. The descriptive results of the survey revealed that academics have positive attitudes to commercialisation and relatively satisfactory commercialisation output. This paper examines the complementarities of research performance, networks and support structure in explaining commercialisation amongst university researchers in science and engineering in Sweden. The results show that publishing is positively correlated with commercialisation and that support structures play an important role through technology transfer offices, courses and incubators. The paper ends by using these results in order to discuss the implications for public policy.

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2012. Vol. 36, no 3, 751-780 p.
Keyword [en]
Commercialisation policies, University patenting, Spin-offs, Swedish academics, Academic entrepreneurship, O31, O34, O38
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-96727DOI: 10.1093/cje/bes014ISI: 000304052200011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84861117612OAI: diva2:533145
QC 20120613Available from: 2012-06-13 Created: 2012-06-11 Last updated: 2012-06-13Bibliographically approved

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