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The relationship between interdisciplinarity and distinct modes of university-industry interaction

The relationship between interdisciplinarity and distinct modes of university-industry interaction
The relationship between interdisciplinarity and distinct modes of university-industry interaction

Interdisciplinary research (IDR)has raised increasing expectations among scholars and policymakers about its potential to produce ground-breaking scientific contributions and satisfy societal demands. While existing research highlights that novel connections across fields is beneficial for scientific contributions with high academic impact, comparatively less is known about whether IDR is positively associated to scientists’ engagement with non-academic actors. To investigate this, we examine whether there is a systematic relationship between scientists’ IDR-orientation and their interactions with industry. We conceptually distinguish four stylized modes of interaction (firm creation, technology transfer, co-production and response modes)and employ three distinct indicators of IDR. We use data on 1,170 scientists affiliated to public research organizations in Spain, bibliometric dataset of scientists’ publications, and details of scientists’ past involvement in interactions with industry. Our results show that IDR has a transversal influence on all four modes. However, IDR-oriented scientists are more strongly associated to transactional (market-mediated)compared to relational (personal-based)interaction mechanisms; while we find no evidence of a significant difference between IDR-oriented scientists and their propensity to engage in different modes of U-I interaction according to the degree of goal specificity.

academic entrepreneurship, co-production, interdisciplinarity, response mode, technology transfer, university-industry interaction
0048-7333
D'Este, Pablo
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Llopis, Oscar
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Rentocchini, Francesco
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Yegros, Alfredo
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D'Este, Pablo
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Llopis, Oscar
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Rentocchini, Francesco
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Yegros, Alfredo
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D'Este, Pablo, Llopis, Oscar, Rentocchini, Francesco and Yegros, Alfredo (2019) The relationship between interdisciplinarity and distinct modes of university-industry interaction. Research Policy, 48 (9), [103799]. (doi:10.1016/j.respol.2019.05.008).

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary research (IDR)has raised increasing expectations among scholars and policymakers about its potential to produce ground-breaking scientific contributions and satisfy societal demands. While existing research highlights that novel connections across fields is beneficial for scientific contributions with high academic impact, comparatively less is known about whether IDR is positively associated to scientists’ engagement with non-academic actors. To investigate this, we examine whether there is a systematic relationship between scientists’ IDR-orientation and their interactions with industry. We conceptually distinguish four stylized modes of interaction (firm creation, technology transfer, co-production and response modes)and employ three distinct indicators of IDR. We use data on 1,170 scientists affiliated to public research organizations in Spain, bibliometric dataset of scientists’ publications, and details of scientists’ past involvement in interactions with industry. Our results show that IDR has a transversal influence on all four modes. However, IDR-oriented scientists are more strongly associated to transactional (market-mediated)compared to relational (personal-based)interaction mechanisms; while we find no evidence of a significant difference between IDR-oriented scientists and their propensity to engage in different modes of U-I interaction according to the degree of goal specificity.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 May 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 June 2019
Published date: November 2019
Keywords: academic entrepreneurship, co-production, interdisciplinarity, response mode, technology transfer, university-industry interaction

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Local EPrints ID: 433930
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433930
ISSN: 0048-7333
PURE UUID: 30f321d5-ed37-4aee-a960-36fe39f34234

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Date deposited: 06 Sep 2019 16:30
Last modified: 06 Sep 2019 16:30

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