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Inventors and entrepreneurs in academia: What types of skills and experience matter?

Deste, P and Mahdi, S and Neely, A and Rentocchini, F (2012) Inventors and entrepreneurs in academia: What types of skills and experience matter? Technovation, 32. pp. 293-303. ISSN 0166-4972

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Abstract

This paper aims to improve our understanding of the attributes of academic researchers that influence the capacity to contribute to technical advance, by adding to the pool of technological opportunities available to industry or engaging in the exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. We investigate a number of factors associated with the skills developed by academic researchers. We find that contributions to the pool of technological opportunities and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities involve different sets of skills and expertise of scientists. Our results show that the former is driven by academic scientists research excellence and discovery of earlier technological opportunities and the latter is driven by previous collaboration with industry partners, scientific breadth and experience of technological discovery. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic entrepreneurship Collaboration experience with industry Discovery and exploitation Entrepreneurial opportunities Patenting Research skills Spin-offs Technological opportunities
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Strategy and Policy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:00
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:34
DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2011.12.005