Active Versus Passive Academic Networking: Evidence from Micro-Level Data

The Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 116-134, 2013

Posted: 19 Apr 2016

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Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This paper examines determinants of networking by academics. Using information from a unique large survey of German researchers, the key contribution focuses on the active versus passive networking distinction. Is active networking by researchers a substitute or a complement to passive networking? Other contributions include examining the role of geographic factors in networking and whether research bottlenecks affect a researcher’s propensity to network. Are the determinants of European conference participation by German researchers different from conferences in rest of the world? Results show that some types of passive academic networking are complementary to active networking, while others are substitute. Further, we find differences in factors promoting participation in European conferences versus conferences in rest of the world. Finally, publishing bottlenecks as a group generally do not appear to be a hindrance to active networking. Implications for academic policy are discussed.

Keywords: Academic networking; Conferences; Patents; Publications; University; Germany

Suggested Citation

Goel, Rajeev K., Active Versus Passive Academic Networking: Evidence from Micro-Level Data (2013). The Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 116-134, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2754303

Rajeev K. Goel (Contact Author)

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

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