Title: Mission impossible? Institutional barriers to the diffusion of the ''third academic mission'' at German universities
Authors: Georg Kruecken
Addresses: Department of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, PO Box 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
Abstract: The intensification of university-industry relations and the role universities play in a knowledge society are widely discussed. Some even argue that economic development through technology transfer has become a ‘||third academic mission||’ on a par with universities| traditional missions of teaching and research. Institutional barriers to the diffusion of that mission, however, are largely ignored. With the aid of some conceptual and theoretical tools from research in organisational analysis the paper focuses on these barriers. Empirical evidence is drawn from a study on technology transfer offices at German universities.
Keywords: technology transfer; universities; third academic mission; transfer offices; diffusion; institutional barriers.
International Journal of Technology Management, 2003 Vol.25 No.1/2, pp.18-33
Published online: 11 Jul 2003 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article