Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, CARMA 2016 - 1st International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics

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Examining technology transfer activities at universities: Does one recipe explain all outcomes?
Jasmina Berbegal-Mirabent, Adrián Guerrero

Last modified: 23-06-2017


The growing  importance  knowledge  and  innovation  are  acquiring  as  the basis  for  economic  development  and  growth  has  lead  universities  to  expand their traditional functions, spreading their commitment in the contribution to economic and social welfare through their so-called third mission.
Certainly, universities have turned into one of the most important engines for regional development, therefore, they are called to play a paramount role in the provision of new knowledge, which is expected to have a positive impact in the innovation systems of their neighbouring regions. However, these new demands  are  not  followed  by  a  larger  availability  of  resources.  On  the contrary, universities are struggling to simultaneously carry out teaching and research activities alongside with technology transfer ones.
In  this  study  we  aim  at  scrutinize  which  are  the  determinants  of  technology transfer  outcomes  at  universities.  By  means  of  an  empirical  analysis,  we examine  which  combination  of  resources  lead  to  higher  technology  transfer outcomes when these take the form of patents, spin-offs and R&D contracts. Data  from  the  Spanish  higher  education  system  for  the  period  2004-2011  is used. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

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