The Effect of Academic Consulting on Research Performance: Evidence from Five Spanish Universities

32 Pages Posted: 19 May 2011 Last revised: 10 Jul 2011

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Francesco Rentocchini

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton

Liney Manjarrés Henrìquez

Universidad Autónoma del Caribe

Pablo D'Este

Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) - Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)

Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: May 10, 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates whether engagement in consulting activities has a significant impact on the research performance of academic scientists. The study relies on a sample of 2678 individual faculty, from five Spanish universities, who have been recipients of publicly funded grants or have been principal investigators in activities contracted by external agents over the period 1999-2004. By implementing a propensity score matching estimator methods, we show that engaging in consulting activities has an overall negative impact on the average number of ISI-publications. However, the effect of consulting on the scientific productivity of academic scientists depends on the scientific fields and the intensity of engagement in consulting activities. Academic consulting is found to have a negative impact in the fields of Natural and Exact Sciences and Engineering, but not in the case of Social Sciences and Humanities. When the intensity of consulting activity is taken into account at the discipline level, engaging in consulting activities has an overall negative impact on scientific productivity only for high levels of involvement in consulting activities, but not for moderate ones.

Keywords: academic consulting, economics of science, technology transfer

JEL Classification: O31, O32, O33, Z19, L31

Suggested Citation

Rentocchini, Francesco and Manjarrés Henrìquez, Liney and D'Este, Pablo and Grimaldi, Rosa, The Effect of Academic Consulting on Research Performance: Evidence from Five Spanish Universities (May 10, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1837283 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1837283

Francesco Rentocchini (Contact Author)

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton ( email )

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Liney Manjarrés Henrìquez

Universidad Autónoma del Caribe ( email )

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Barranquilla
Colombia

Pablo D'Este

Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) - Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) ( email )

Camino de Vera s/n, Edif.8E, Univ.Politec.Valencia
Valencia, 46022
Spain

Rosa Grimaldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy

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