Managing the Accountability–Autonomy Tensions in University Research Commercialisation

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Anil Narayan

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law

Deryl Northcott

The Auckland University of Technology

Lee D. Parker

RMIT University

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Date Written: November 2017

Abstract

This article investigates organisational responses to emerging concerns about how accountability–autonomy tensions can be managed within the context of university research commercialisation. The findings suggest that changed expectations of university research practices, which result from the introduction of a commercialisation logic, can be managed via the homogenisation of research goals and strategies. The successful management of accountability–autonomy tensions also depends on utilising the various structures and cultural contexts that can be facilitated by decoupling and bridging strategies. Further, while adopting symbolic systems may enhance legitimacy, failure to implement material practices and provide the appropriate cultural context to manage conflicting relationships may put university commercialisation ambitions at risk.

Keywords: accountability, autonomy, commercialisation, research, universities

Suggested Citation

Narayan, Anil and Northcott, Deryl and Parker, Lee D., Managing the Accountability–Autonomy Tensions in University Research Commercialisation (November 2017). Financial Accountability & Management, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 335-355, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3046916 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faam.12127

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