The University Entrepreneur: A Census and Survey of Attributes and Outcomes

19 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012

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Tucker J. Marion

College of Business Administration Northeastern University; Northeastern University - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Denise R. Dunlap

Northeastern University - International Business & Strategy

John Friar

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Date Written: November 2012

Abstract

This study looks at 400 technology transfer disclosures and their inventors over a 10‐year period at a large US research university. We find that faculty productivity in terms of patenting is not related to commercialization success, but entrepreneurial qualities are significantly correlated. Results indicate that the significant factors in successfully forming a university spin‐out are the level of experience of the faculty member and participation in an industry sponsored research agreement. We also find that the academic inventor's entrepreneurial experience and inclination toward commercialization have the most positive impacts on the formation of a new venture.

Suggested Citation

Marion, Tucker J. and Dunlap, Denise R. and Friar, John, The University Entrepreneur: A Census and Survey of Attributes and Outcomes (November 2012). R&D Management, Vol. 42, Issue 5, pp. 401-419, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164045 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2012.00691.x

Tucker J. Marion (Contact Author)

College of Business Administration Northeastern University ( email )

304 Hayden Hall
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Northeastern University - Entrepreneurship and Innovation ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

Denise R. Dunlap

Northeastern University - International Business & Strategy ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

John Friar

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business ( email )

360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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