ERIC Number: EJ791781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 92
The Entrepreneurial University and Spin-Out Firms in the UK. Playing the Numbers Game?
Lynskey, Michael J.
Industry and Higher Education, v22 n2 p81-98 Apr 2008
This paper presents the findings of an exploratory study into spin-out firms established during a five-year period at ten UK universities. The author suggests that merely counting the number of spin-outs formed reveals little about the overall efficiency of technology transfer efforts at universities. Instead, one has also to consider other aspects, such as the institutional setting from which spin-outs emerge, as well as several characteristics of the spin-outs themselves, including their origins and growth, the investments received and their continuing presence in the local economy. The paper also conveys the attitudes of directors of technology transfer offices on issues such as technology transfer policy, the management of the spin-out process, and the demand to achieve targets for spin-out numbers. The directors reveal reservations about the legitimacy and value of count data and simple comparisons between universities as a measure of commercialization efforts, and express concern about the use of targets as performance indicators. (Contains 11 tables and 7 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Technology Transfer, Transfer Policy, Entrepreneurship, Research and Development, Performance Factors, Institutional Role, Role Perception, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Research Universities, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom