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Motivations of academics to interact with industry: The case of nanoscience
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Technology Management, ISSN 0267-5730, E-ISSN 1741-5276, Vol. 68, no 3-4, 159-175 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With a special focus on the field of nanotechnology, this paper investigates motivations of academic scientists to interact with industry. The study is based on a survey of 181 nanoscientists from various disciplines and universities in Turkey. We identified three main motivations for interacting with industry: 1) to increase resources for academic research; 2) to learn from firms; 3) to commercialise research results. We found that in nanotechnology, commercialisation of research outcomes is an important motivation. In general, the importance of motivations differs according to the forms of engagement. Consulting is motivated by commercialisation while research-based interactions are driven by aims to commercialise or to learn from firms. Finding new financial resources for academic research is a strong impetus for informal interactions.

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2015. Vol. 68, no 3-4, 159-175 p.
Keyword [en]
Commercialisation, Entrepreneurial universities, Motivations, Nanoscience, University-industry interactions
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-170301DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2015.069663ISI: 000358994800002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84930517331OAI: diva2:827953

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Available from: 2015-06-29 Created: 2015-06-29 Last updated: 2015-09-10Bibliographically approved

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