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University–industry linkages and academic engagements: individual behaviours and firms’ barriers. Introduction to the special section

Filippetti, Andrea and Savona, Maria (2017) University–industry linkages and academic engagements: individual behaviours and firms’ barriers. Introduction to the special section. Journal of Technology Transfer, 42 (4). pp. 719-729. ISSN 0892-9912

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10961-017-9576-x

Abstract

The article introduces the special section on “University–industry linkages and academic engagements: Individual behaviours and firms’ barriers”. We first revisit the latest developments of the literature and policy interest on university–industry research. We then build upon the extant literature and unpack the concept of academic engagement by further exploring the heterogeneity of UI linkages along a set of dimensions and actors involved. These are: (1) Incentives and behaviours of individual academic entrepreneurs; (2) Firms’ barriers to cooperation with public research institutions; (3) Individual behaviours, incentives and organizational bottlenecks in late developing countries. We summarize the individual contributions along these dimensions. There are overlooked individual characteristics that affect the degree of engagement of academics and scholars in cooperating with other organizations, of which gender and the non-academic background of individuals are most crucial. The notion of academic engagement should be enlarged to aspects that go beyond the commercialization or patenting of innovation, but embrace social and economic impact more at large. From the perspective of the firm, barriers to innovation might exert an effect on the likelihood to cooperate with universities and public research institutes, most especially to cope with lack of finance or access to frontier knowledge. We finally propose a research agenda that addresses the challenges ahead.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/journal/10961
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
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
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 09:39
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80070

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