Assessing the impact of organizational practices on the relative productivity of university technology transfer offices: An exploratory study

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Abstract

We present quantitative and qualitative evidence on the relative productivity of university technology transfer offices (TTOs). Our empirical results suggest that TTO activity is characterized by constant returns to scale and that environmental and institutional factors explain some of the variation in performance. Productivity may also depend on organizational practices. Unfortunately, there are no quantitative measures available on such practices, so we rely on inductive, qualitative methods to identify them. Based on 55 interviews of 98 entrepreneurs, scientists, and administrators at five research universities, we conclude that the most critical organizational factors are faculty reward systems, TTO staffing/compensation practices, and cultural barriers between universities and firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-48
Number of pages22
JournalResearch Policy
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

Keywords

  • Stochastic frontier estimation (SFE)
  • Technology transfer offices (TTOs)
  • University/industry technology transfer (UITT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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