Diffusion of Organisational Practices in Turbulent Environments: An Empirical Analysis of University-Level Patent Regulations

40 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2007

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Nicola Baldini

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

Using a neo-institutional perspective, we analyse the complete set of 42 regulations issued by Italian universities to manage patenting activities, after being given more autonomy in several areas, from staff recruitment to students' curricula. In a few years, patenting gained legitimation through a mimesis of the most visible and prestigious institutions. When a new IP law granting IPRs on public employees' inventions to the employees themselves was issued, the universities failed to comply, or did so formally, and they designed effective incentives for the inventors to grants IPRs to their institution, too. Also, we found instances for a normative isomorphism.

Keywords: University patents, patent regulations, institutional change, isomorphism

JEL Classification: O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Baldini, Nicola and Grimaldi, Rosa and Sobrero, Maurizio, Diffusion of Organisational Practices in Turbulent Environments: An Empirical Analysis of University-Level Patent Regulations (August 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1030049 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1030049

Nicola Baldini (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Bologna, 40126
Italy

Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
40126 Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy
+39 051 2098076 (Phone)

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