An Empirical Analysis of the Propensity of Academics to Engage In Informal University Technology Transfer

25 Pages Posted: 15 May 2006

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Albert Link

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics

Donald S. Siegel

Arizona State University

Barry Bozeman

University of Georgia

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Formal university technology transfer mechanisms, through licensing agreements, research joint ventures, and university-based startups, have attracted considerable attention in the academic literature. Surprisingly, there has been little systematic empirical analysis of the propensity of academics to engage in informal technology transfer. This paper presents empirical evidence on the determinants of three types of informal technology transfer by faculty members: knowledge transfer, joint publications with industry scientists, and consulting. We find that male and tenured faculty members are more likely to engage in all three forms of informal technology transfer. We also find that academics who allocate a relatively higher percentage of their time to grants-related research are more likely to engage in informal commercial knowledge transfer.

Keywords: University Technology Transfer, Patents, Publications

JEL Classification: M13, D24, L31, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Link, Albert N. and Siegel, Donald S. and Bozeman, Barry, An Empirical Analysis of the Propensity of Academics to Engage In Informal University Technology Transfer (2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902207 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.902207

Albert N. Link (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics ( email )

Greensboro, NC 27402-6165
United States
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Donald S. Siegel

Arizona State University ( email )

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Barry Bozeman

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States

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