Spanning Boundaries and Disciplines: University Technology Commercialization in the Idea Age

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Gary D. Libecap, Marie Thursby, Sherry Hoskinson
Emerald Group Publishing, Oct 11, 2010 - Business & Economics - 227 pages
Successful technology commercialization requires the integration of multiple perspectives and collaboration of experts from very different backgrounds. More often than not, key individuals in the process reside in different organizational units--each with their own mission, agendas, and cultures. This volume addresses the challenges that can arise when individuals from technical, business, and legal environments must converge on the goal of commercialization. Specifically, it brings together studies from organizational behavior, marketing, economic, and sociological perspectives on commercialization of university technologies. Chapter foci range from theoretical research on academic entrepreneurship, multidisciplinary student team management conflicts such as background, purpose, communication, and learning style, to a patent data examination of sociological factors in technology paths in nanotechnology innovation. New results are presented on career goals of PhD scientists and engineers highlighting their desire for education providing skills from these other domains. Educational responses such as cross disciplinary team models, as well as multidisciplinary entrepreneurship centers and specialized masters programs for scientists are presented.

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Individual preferences institutional logics and the commercialization of academic research
Path selection and development in nanotechnology innovation
Chapter 3 Scientists behaving badly? Conflicts in multidisciplinary commercialization project teams
Chapter 4 The evolution of team processes in commercializing hightech products
A conceptual exploration of the boundary spanning role of university entrepreneurship and innovation centers
University programs that enable diverse career choices of young scientists
Ideas for curricular innovation
Chapter 8 Navigating the issues of multidisciplinary student teams serving university spinoffs

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