University ownership and information about the entrepreneurial opportunity in commercialisation: a systematic review and realist synthesis of the literature

Kalantaridis, Christos and Merle, Kuttim (2020) University ownership and information about the entrepreneurial opportunity in commercialisation: a systematic review and realist synthesis of the literature. Journal of Technology Transfer. ISSN 0892-9912

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Abstract / Description

It is now increasingly acknowledged that universities, despite their research capabilities and ownership of the new technical information they generate, are able to transform only a small minority of the patents they hold into innovations. In the transition from research outcome to innovation, information about the entrepreneurial opportunity is important because the outcomes of academic research are distant from the marketplace: as they have not been conceived with consideration of practical use but solely in a quest for understanding a scientific phenomenon. This underpins the rationale for our study into the information conditions regarding the entrepreneurial opportunity in the context of the prevailing property rights regime. In addressing this issue we adopt a theory-led realist synthesis approach to the conduct of a systematic literature review. Whilst we find empirical evidence supporting the conclusions of theoretical models, i.e. the strengthening role of technology transfer offices, we also point to their shortcomings. We go on to argue that significant gaps in our knowledge, and thus our ability to act, remain. In response, we advance an agenda for future research that focuses on the exploration of alternative policy actions (interventions) that draw from different paradigmatic lenses and methodological approaches.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: commercialisation, university, information, entrepreneurial opportunity, property rights
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Christos Kalantaridis
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 09:19
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 09:19
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5475

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