Patenting rationales of academic entrepreneurs in weak and strong organizational regimes

Walter, Sascha Gabriel and Schmidt, Arne and Walter, Achim (2016) Patenting rationales of academic entrepreneurs in weak and strong organizational regimes. Research Policy, 45 (2). pp. 533-545. ISSN 0048-7333

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This study explores why academic entrepreneurs seek patents for spin-off technology in weak organizational regimes (the employee owns her inventions) and strong organizational regimes (the employer, i.e. the university or research organization, owns these inventions). Specifically, we examine organizational and founding team characteristics as alternative explanations. Matched data of academic spin-offs from both contexts combined with patent data show that founding team characteristics (expert knowledge and entrepreneurial orientation) matter in weak, but not strong regimes. In contrast, organizational patenting norms are the key driver of patenting in strong, but not weak regimes. We discuss the implications of our results for the current literature and technology transfer policies.

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Research Policy
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Research Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Research Policy, 45, 2, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2015.11.008
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?? academic entrepreneurspatent propensitytechnology spin-offsstrategy and managementmanagement science and operations researchengineering(all)management of technology and innovationl26o31o34 ??
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