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Academic Entrepreneurs or Entrepreneurial Academics? Research-based Ventures & Public Support Mechanisms

Meyer, Martin S. (2003) Academic Entrepreneurs or Entrepreneurial Academics? Research-based Ventures & Public Support Mechanisms. R&D Management, 33 (2). pp. 107-115. ISSN 0033-6807. (doi:10.1111/1467-9310.00286) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:33725)

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Abstract

The emergence of a new mode of knowledge production, the formation of a ‘Triple Helix’ of university–industry–government, and the advent of the academic entrepreneur – all these different developments point, in one way or another, to the increased attention that is being paid to the economic utilization of publicly funded research. One way to utilize academic research in a commercial manner is to set up university spin–off companies. We shall discuss the phenomenon of academic entrepreneurship in the context of public support mechanisms and incentive structures. One key finding is that support mechanisms do not necessarily promote academic entrepreneurship but further the development of a behavioural pattern that can be associated with the notion of the ‘entrepreneurial academic’– scientists in public sector organizations who are not necessarily interested in setting up a fast–growing company but looking for other avenues in which they can pursue their research interests. Badly targeted support mechanisms can have a negative impact on the growth–pattern of science–based SMEs by providing a distorted set of incentives. We shall discuss some of these support mechanisms in detail and illustrate effects they have had on the development of four research–based ventures.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1467-9310.00286
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Martin Meyer
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 14:36 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33725 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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