How to commercialise university-generated knowledge internationally?

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Subtitle: A comparative analysis of contingent institutional conditions
Author list: Kalantaridis C, Kuttim M, Govind M, Sousa C
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Technological Forecasting and Social Change (0040-1625)
Volume number: 123
Start page: 35
End page: 44
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0040-1625
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Our paper sets out to explore the contingent institutional conditions that underpin knowledge transfer, and particularly commercialisation, from universities to enterprises across national borders. We explore the phenomenon in four technology-focused and research leading (in the national context) universities in Estonia, India, Portugal and the UK. We argue that participants in interactions (despite the fact that they maintain their core operations in different institutional fields) possess common knowledge bases, and shared norms and cognitive frameworks. In many cases however, the emergence of organisational rules to facilitate interactions do not lead to the institutionalisation of the processes at work: restricting the scope of both existing interactions and their advancement and offering a central role to nonpracticing entities. The paper advances university-led pooling of intellectual property (geographically or sectorally) as an alternative for institutionalisation.


Commercialisation, Institutions, Internationalisation, Knowledge transfer


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