ERIC Number: EJ918424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Technology Commercialization Effects on the Conduct of Research in Higher Education
Powers, Joshua B.; Campbell, Eric G.
Research in Higher Education, v52 n3 p245-260 May 2011
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of technology commercialization on researcher practice and productivity at U.S. universities. Using data drawn from licensing contract documents and databases of university-industry linkages and faculty research output, the study findings suggest that the common practice of licensing technologies exclusively to singular firms may have a dampening effect on faculty inventor propensity to conduct published research and to collaborate with others on research. Furthermore, faculty who are more actively engaged in patenting may be less likely to collaborate with outsiders on research while faculty at public universities may experience particularly strong norms to engage in commercialization vis-a-vis traditional routes to research dissemination. These circumstances appear to be hindering innovation via the traditional mechanisms (research publication and collaboration), questioning the success of policymaking to date for the purpose of speeding the movement of research from the lab bench to society.
Descriptors: Universities, Educational Finance, Certification, Researchers, Research, School Business Relationship, Contracts, Intellectual Property, Research Utilization, Research and Development, Educational Policy, Cooperation, College Faculty, Influences, Faculty Publishing, Technology Transfer
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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