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Academic inventors: collaboration and proximity with industry

Crescenzi, Riccardo, Filippetti, Andrea and Iammarino, Simona (2017) Academic inventors: collaboration and proximity with industry. Journal of Technology Transfer, 42 (4). pp. 730-762. ISSN 0892-9912

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10961-016-9550-z

Abstract

This paper addresses a number of fundamental research questions on university-industry (U-I) collaborations. Are U-I collaborations intrinsically different from other forms of collaboration, such as inter-firm or inter-university collaborations? Are they more difficult to form? Is their output qualitatively different? What factors facilitate their development? By looking at the collaborative behavior of all Italian inventors over the 1978-2007 period, the empirical analysis shows that U-I collaborations are less likely to happen when compared to other types of collaboration, and suggests that they tend to generate patents of more general applicability in subsequent inventions. As emphasized by the literature, geographical proximity plays an important role in facilitating all forms of collaboration. At the same time, it works as a possible substitute for institutional proximity, facilitating U-I collaborations. However, the involvement of ‘star inventors’ on both sides of the collaboration can play an equally important role in ‘bridging’ universities and industry.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/journal/10961
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R10 - General
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 10:16
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 01:39
Projects: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IEF-298167-REGIO_SPIN, Industry and University linkages
Funders: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, Roma Tre University
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67961

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