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ERIC Number: ED557043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 327
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ISBN: 978-1-3211-1898-8
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Describing an Environment for a Self-Sustaining Technology Transfer Service in a Small Research Budget University: A Case Study
Nieb, Sharon Lynn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mercer University
This single-site qualitative study sought to identify the characteristics that contribute to the self sustainability of technology transfer services at universities with small research budgets through a case study analysis of a small research budget university that has been operating a financially self-sustainable technology transfer service for the past five years. The study describes the development and implementation of a university technology transfer service for staff, faculty, and administrators through a single site analysis. The study incorporates data collected form Successful University's website, university documents, articles, as well as interviews with staff, faculty, and administrators. One main research question guided the study: What are the institutional characteristics that contribute to the self-sustainability of technology transfer services at universities with small research budgets? (a) What was the context for developing technology transfer services at Successful University? (b) What role did university leaders, faculty, staff, and students play in developing, implementing and maintaining self-sustaining technology transfer services at Successful University? (c) What do university leaders, faculty, and staff believe are the characteristics of Successful University that contribute to technology transfer self-sustainability? (d) What are the mission, goals, policies, and procedures of Successful University's technology transfer service? (e) What is the financial structure of Successful University's technology transfer service? (f) What is the organizational structure of Successful University's technology transfer service? The researcher analyzed documents and conducted twelve semi-structured, open ended interviews and one semi-structured open ended group interview. Interviews were conducted with TTO staff, key faculty TTO users, and TTO administrators in order to explore each perspective and identify themes that answer the research question. Final review of interview data categories and documents confirmed the existence of seventy-nine factors and eight overall themes identified by the researcher. Each theme answered at least two of the research sub-questions. The themes identified by the research were Advocacy for Technology; Culture, Faith, Loyalty, and the Change the World; Financial Accountability; The Right People; Room for Improvement; Separate Copyright Service; Service to the Faculty; and Supportive Departments. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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