Models and Methods of University Technology Transfer

95 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2014

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Samantha Bradley

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro

Christopher S. Hayter

Center for Organization Research and Design

Albert Link

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

Date Written: March 16, 2013

Abstract

This paper argues that a linear model of technology transfer is no longer sufficient, or perhaps even no longer relevant, to account for the nuances and complexities of the technology transfer process that characterizes the ongoing commercialization activities of universities. Shortcomings of the traditional linear model of technology transfer include inaccuracies — such as its strict linearity and oversimplification of the process, composition, a one-size-fits-all approach, and an overemphasis on patents — and inadequacies — such as failing to account for informal mechanisms of technology transfer, failing to acknowledge the impact of organizational culture, and failing to represent university reward systems within the model. As such, alternative views of technology transfer that better capture the progression of the university towards an entrepreneurial and dynamic institution are presented here, and that advance the body of knowledge about this important academic endeavor.

Keywords: technology transfer, entrepreneurial university, intellectual property, patents, innovation, commercialization

JEL Classification: L26, O31, O34

Suggested Citation

Bradley, Samantha and Hayter, Christopher S. and Link, Albert N., Models and Methods of University Technology Transfer (March 16, 2013). Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship Vol. 9, No. 6, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2380317

Samantha Bradley (Contact Author)

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Albert N. Link

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