Inventors and Entrepreneurs in Academia: What Types of Skills and Experience Matter?

46 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2011

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Pablo D'Este

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

Surya Mahdi

Cranfield School of Management

Andy Neely

University of Cambridge; London Business School

Francesco Rentocchini

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton

Date Written: October 31, 2011

Abstract

This paper aims to improve our understanding of the attributes of academic researchers that influence the capacity to contribute to technical advance, by either adding to the pool of technological opportunities available to industry or engaging in the exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities themselves. We investigate a number of factors associated with the skills developed by academic researchers. We find that contributions to the pool of technological opportunities and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities in some cases are shaped by different factors and in others have common determinants. Our results show that contributions to technological opportunities are driven by the scientist’s academic research excellence and previous discovery of technological opportunities, while exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities is driven by previous collaboration with industry partners, scientific breadth and previous technological discovery experience.

Keywords: technological opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, discovery and exploitation, research skills, collaboration experience with industry, academic entrepreneurship, spin-offs, patenting

Suggested Citation

D'Este, Pablo and Mahdi, Surya and Neely, Andy D. and Rentocchini, Francesco, Inventors and Entrepreneurs in Academia: What Types of Skills and Experience Matter? (October 31, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1951845 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1951845

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

Surya Mahdi

Cranfield School of Management ( email )

United Kingdom

Andy D. Neely

University of Cambridge ( email )

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/people/adn1000/

London Business School ( email )

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Regent's Park
London, London NW1 4SA
United Kingdom

Francesco Rentocchini (Contact Author)

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton ( email )

University Rd.
Southampton SO17 1BJ, Hampshire SO17 1LP
United Kingdom

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