Title: Commercialisation of new knowledge within universities: exploring performance disparities

Authors: Peter W. Moroz, Kevin G. Hindle, Robert B. Anderson

Addresses: Swinburne University of Technology, AGSE, Cnr Wakefield and William Streets, Hawthorn, Vic 3122, Australia. ' Swinburne University of Technology, AGSE, Cnr Wakefield and William Streets, Hawthorn, Vic 3122, Australia. ' Kenneth Levine Graduate School of Business, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK, Canada

Abstract: This paper finds that vast disparities exist in new technology commercialisation outputs between a small percentage of high performing universities, and the remaining bulk of under-performers. Theoretical explanations for these findings are as follows. First, high performing universities attract resources, both human and financial, with a much stronger pull than lower performing universities. Second, this study confronts a gap in the literature with regard to the prominence of entrepreneurship within the innovation and technology development process. Third, this study brings new light to bear on the reliability and validity of evaluative tools (variables) currently accepted as indicators of innovation in the university technology transfer context.

Keywords: universities; technology transfer; technology intelligence; entrepreneurship; innovation indicators; entrepreneurial capacity; commercialisation; university performance; technology development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2008.017399

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2008 Vol.4 No.1, pp.4 - 19

Published online: 04 Mar 2008 *

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