Great expectations

assessing the impact of commercialization-focused policies among Malaysia’s public research institutes

Derek R. Strong, V. G.R. Chandran, Christopher Hayter

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Abstract

In 2006, the Malaysian government released its 9th five-year development plan which, among other things, directed the country’s numerous public research institutes (PRIs) to focus primarily on commercializing technologies stemming from their respective research agendas. This directive envisioned a de facto division of labor between universities, that would emphasize basic research, and PRIs, that would become Malaysia’s translational research and technology commercialization hubs. Employing a scientific and technical human capital conceptual lens, this paper assesses the extent to which PRIs have met the expectations of the new commercialization directive through the analysis of data collected during a 2011–2012 survey among university and PRI researchers. First, we find descriptively that, in comparison to university researchers, PRI researchers do not differ substantially in terms of average patents and prototypes produced, our proxies for technology commercialization. Second, we investigate factors among PRI researchers that explain commercialization behavior and find that holding a PhD correlates strongly with publication and patenting behavior while conducting applied research and expressing adequate commercialization support correlates modestly with prototyping behavior. Implications for research and policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalEconomics of Innovation and New Technology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Sep 20 2017

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Malaysia
Public research
Commercialization
Lenses
Personnel
Correlates
Technology commercialization
Prototype
Patenting
Government
Development plans
Human capital
Applied research
Hub
Prototyping
Patents
Division of labor
Factors
University research
Research agenda

Keywords

  • human capital
  • Innovation policy
  • Malaysia
  • public research institutions
  • research productivity
  • social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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