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Spanning Boundaries and Disciplines: University Technology Commercialization in the Idea Age Vol: 21

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11 Oct 2010
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
227 pages - 156 x 234 x 23mm
Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Economic Growth


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.
List of Contributors. Introduction. Different yokes for different folks: Individual preferences, institutional logics, and the commercialization of academic research. The politics of neglect: Path selection and development in nanotechnology innovation. Scientists behaving badly? Conflicts in multidisciplinary commercialization project teams. The evolution of team processes in commercializing high-tech products. The organizational workshop: A conceptual exploration of the boundary spanning role of university entrepreneurship and innovation centers. Different strokes for different folks: University programs that enable diverse career choices of young scientists. Science and technology entrepreneurship for greater societal benefit: Ideas for curricular innovation. Navigating the issues of multidisciplinary student teams serving university spin-offs. Advances in the study of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. Advances in the study of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. Copyright page.

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