University research commercialization in emerging economies: a glimpse into the ‘black box’

We address this gap through a comparative case analysis of two high impact commercialization projects at two Indian universities

Debabrata Chatterjee

2017

Scholarcy highlights

  • How do university project teams in emerging economies develop and transfer technologies to industry? While conditions typical to emerging economies are likely to influence the process of research commercialization, this issue is under-explored in literature
  • We address this gap through a comparative case analysis of two high impact commercialization projects at two Indian universities
  • Our study indicates that university project teams engage in three types of search behavior—science exploration, technological exploration, and supplier search that influence two types of novelty—technological and contextual
  • The social impact of these two types of novelty is mediated by the extent to which university–industry technology transfer methods are able to transmit tacit knowledge
  • Supplier search is influenced by the extent to which supplier’s components are specific to the projects, while technology transfer methods are moderated by the extent to which university–industry partner knowledge domains were congruent

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