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

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Valentina Tartari

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics

Stefano Breschi

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Date Written: September 12, 2012

Abstract

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

Tartari, Valentina and Breschi, Stefano, Set Them Free: Scientists' Evaluations of the Benefits and Costs of University-Industry Research Collaboration (September 12, 2012). Industrial and Corporate Change (2012) 21 (5): 1117-1147. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1598459 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1598459

Valentina Tartari (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics ( email )

Kilevej 14A
Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

Stefano Breschi

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

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