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University Business Models in Disequilibrium - Engaging industry and end users within university technology transfer processes

McAdam, R (2017) University Business Models in Disequilibrium - Engaging industry and end users within university technology transfer processes. R&D Management, 1 . pp. 1-20. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/radm.12265

Abstract

This paper explores how greater engagement with industry and end users has influenced the University Technology Transfer Business Model. In order to achieve this, we adopt a qualitative methodology which draws upon case study evidence of two case universities located in a particular region. The findings, represented in a conceptual framework depict a hybrid University Technology Transfer Business Model which is in a state of permanent disequilibrium as a result of path dependency and organisational culture. This permanent disequilibrium was found to cause challenges in relation to scarce resource allocation and also impacted upon the willingness and ability of academics to engage with industry and end users throughout the technology transfer process. This paper contributes to an emerging stream of research on hybrid business models by identifying the challenges of permanent disequilibrium where multiple and conflicting stakeholder goals compete for legitimacy and scarce resources. From a policy and practitioner viewpoint, this research draws attention to the complexities of university, government, industry and end user (Quadruple Helix stakeholders) engagement and the implications of such on university strategy where conflicting dominant logics can cause challenges with alignment of organisational processes and mechanisms.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Hybrid Business Models; University Technology Transfer Business Model; University-Industry Engagement
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:37269
Deposited By: Professor Rodney McAdam
Deposited On:29 Mar 2017 08:26
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:28

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