Title: Strategic diversity in Japanese university Technology Licensing Offices

Authors: Dai Senoo, Michi Fukushima, Shigemi Yoneyama, Toshiya Watanabe

Addresses: Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Private Bag W9-68, 2-12-1 O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan. ' Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University, 27-1, Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai-City 980-8576, Japan. ' Faculty of Economics, Musashi University, 1-26-1 Toyotama-kami, Nerima, Tokyo 176-8534, Japan. ' Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8904, Japan

Abstract: The ||transfer of university technology|| is not only a one-way transfer process of technological outputs matching a scientific discovery with a market need, but also the building of teams of university and business people working towards the common goal of technological knowledge creation. The result of a questionnaire survey of university TLOs in Japan (n = 40) reveals that |individual-type TLOs| were fewer than expected, while |organisational-type TLOs| were dominant. The members| employment status and previous occupations, and the time allocation for each TLO activity, differences among TLOs were noticeable.

Keywords: TLO; technology licensing offices; university technology transfer; organisational factors; Japan; strategic diversity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2009.023468

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2009 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.60 - 78

Published online: 24 Feb 2009 *

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