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Researchers as enablers of commercialization at an entrepreneurial university
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
2017 (English)In: Journal of Management Development, ISSN 0262-1711, E-ISSN 1758-7492, Vol. 36, no 2, 217-232 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to explore and visualize alternative ways – how and by whom – that academic research can come into commercial use. This study in the Swedish context investigates one entrepreneurial university, Chalmers University of Technology. In total, 18 interviews were conducted about researchers' views on commercialization and on how research comes into commercial use.Five propositions are advocated in relation to researchers’ role as enablers of others' commercialization. The concept of “need for utilization” is introduced as the critical explanation for researchers'  readiness to transfer knowledge mainly via alumni to established companies. This study suggests that both universities and policy should acknowledge alternative ways of commercialization of academic research instead of putting all efforts on trying to transform unwilling academic researchers into entrepreneurs. One alternative is to foster ongoing contacts between researchers and alumni, who make commercial use of academic research in established firms. This study furthers the knowledge about researchers’ individual motivation for commercialization, as driven by a “need for utilization.” By showing how researchers enable others commercialization, this study broadens the prevailing focus on researchers' formation of university spin-offs as the essential output from entrepreneurial universities. The results also contribute to understanding the role of alumni in knowledge transfer to existing industry. © 2017 © Emerald Publishing Limited

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Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 36, no 2, 217-232 p.
Keyword [en]
Academic research, Commercialization, Entrepreneurial university, Alumni, Academic entrepreneurship, University spinn-offs
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-33960DOI: 10.1108/JMD-06-2016-0117ISI: 000397240800006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85012910216OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-33960DiVA: diva2:1105126
Available from: 2017-06-02 Created: 2017-06-02 Last updated: 2017-06-09Bibliographically approved

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