Mind the Gap: Capturing Value from Basic Research: Boundary Crossing Inventors and Partnerships

35 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2013

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Sam Arts

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bruno Cassiman

IESE Business School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Reinhilde Veugelers

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Applied Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: November 2012

Abstract

We study the process of how firms access basic research and translate this into applied research. Drawing on basic research firms develop higher quality technologies and develop these technologies more intensely internally. Critical in this process are boundary crossing inventors – inventors that access basic research by active involvement in basic research projects and subsequent involvement in the development of more applied technologies. Nevertheless, these boundary crossing inventors need to be embedded in a complementary institutional relation between the firm and the organization developing the basic research to have an effect. We examine this process through IMEC, an important basic research organization in nano-electronics, with the explicit mission to bridge the gap between basic research done at universities and applied research developed by industry.

Keywords: basic researcher, industry-science links, inventor, partnership, patents

JEL Classification: O33

Suggested Citation

Arts, Sam and Cassiman, Bruno and Veugelers, Reinhilde, Mind the Gap: Capturing Value from Basic Research: Boundary Crossing Inventors and Partnerships (November 2012). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9215. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2210184

Sam Arts (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bruno Cassiman

IESE Business School ( email )

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Barcelona, 08034
Spain
+34 93 602 4426 (Phone)
+34 93 253 4343 (Fax)

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) ( email )

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Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Reinhilde Veugelers

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

Leuven, B-3000
Belgium
+32 16 32 6908 (Phone)
+32 16 32 6732 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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