Set Them Free: Scientists' Evaluations of the Benefits and Costs of University-Industry Research Collaboration
Industrial and Corporate Change (2012) 21 (5): 1117-1147
41 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2011 Last revised: 25 Jan 2015
Date Written: September 12, 2012
Collaborating with industry constitutes discretionary behaviour for academics: this decision is shaped by the institutional environment and individual perceptions of potential costs and benefits. Drawing from a large-scale survey of Italian researchers, we find that the decision to collaborate with industry is influenced by the perception of the potential threat to the researcher’s freedom of research. In contract, secrecy-related concerns do not appear significant, while the desire of acquiring additional resources is relevant when the researchers choose the intensity of collaboration. We explore the implications of these findings for university-industry collaboration.
Keywords: university-industry relation, perceptions, freedom of research
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation