Crossing the Rubicon: Exploring the Factors that Shape Academics Perceptions of the Barriers to Working with Industry

Cambridge Journal of Economics 2012, 36, 655–677

50 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2014

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Valentina Tartari

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics

Ammon Salter

University of Bath - School of Management

Pablo D'Este

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

Date Written: April 3, 2012

Abstract

Although academics are under increasing pressure to engage industry in their research, they often find it difficult to do so. Conflicts with industry over the timing of disclosure and the choice of topics are common. Moreover, collaborations with industry may require academics to negotiate formal contracts about the ownership of intellectual property. To help understand the factors that might mitigate these conflicts, this paper examines how the professional and collaborative experiences of academics shape their perceptions of the barriers to industry collaboration. Using a rich dataset of UK academics, we find that perceived barriers to collaboration are lower for academics with industrial and collaborative experience and for those who trust their industry partners. However, for the transactional costs of industry engagement, we find entrepreneurial experience and the diversity of methods used to collaborate with industry increases the perceived barriers to collaboration.

Keywords: Industry-university collaboration, Barriers to collaboration, Universities, Academic Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: O31, O38

Suggested Citation

Tartari, Valentina and Salter, Ammon and D'Este, Pablo, Crossing the Rubicon: Exploring the Factors that Shape Academics Perceptions of the Barriers to Working with Industry (April 3, 2012). Cambridge Journal of Economics 2012, 36, 655–677, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2418296

Valentina Tartari (Contact Author)

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

Kilevej 14A
Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

Ammon Salter

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

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

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