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Academic engagement with industry: the role of research quality and experience

Scandura, Alessandra and Iammarino, Simona ORCID: 0000-0001-9450-1700 (2022) Academic engagement with industry: the role of research quality and experience. Journal of Technology Transfer, 47 (4). 1000 - 1036. ISSN 0892-9912

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10961-021-09867-0


This work explores the role of university department characteristics in academic engagement with industry. In particular, we investigate the role played by research quality and previous experience in academic engagement across different scientific disciplines. We test our hypotheses on a dataset of public sponsored university-industry partnerships in the United Kingdom, combined with data from the UK Research Assessment Exercises 2001 and 2008. Our analysis reveals a negative link between academic quality and the level of engagement with industry for departments in the basic sciences and a positive relationship for departments in the applied sciences. Our results further show that the role of research quality for academic engagement strictly depends on the level of the department’s previous experience in university-industry partnerships, notably in the basic sciences, where experience acts as a moderating factor. The findings of this work are highly relevant for policy makers and university managers and contribute to the innovation literature focused on the investigation of the determinants of valuable knowledge transfer practices in academia.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O30 - General
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 09:18
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 11:42

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