Assessing the relative performance of U.K. university technology transfer offices: Parametric and non-parametric evidence

Wendy Chapple, Andy Lockett, Donald Siegel, Mike Wright

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Abstract

We present evidence on the relative performance of U.K. university technology transfer offices (TTOs) using data envelopment analysis (DEA) and stochastic frontier estimation (SFE). U.K. TTOs are found to exhibit low-levels of absolute efficiency. There also appear to be decreasing returns to scale, implying that TTOs may need to be reconfigured into smaller units. The development of regionally-based sector focused TTOs is also advised. Consistent with qualitative evidence from U.S. TTOs, we find that there is a need to upgrade the business skills and capabilities of U.K. TTO managers and licensing officers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-384
Number of pages16
JournalResearch Policy
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Data envelopment analysis (DEA)
  • Patents
  • Stochastic frontier estimation (SFE)
  • Technology licensing
  • Technology transfer office (TTO)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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