Combining entrepreneurial and scientific performance in academia: towards a compounded and reciprocal Matthew-effect.

Looy, Bart Van, Ranga, Marina, Callaert, Julie, Debackere, Koenraad and Zimmerman, Edwin (2004) Combining entrepreneurial and scientific performance in academia: towards a compounded and reciprocal Matthew-effect. Research Policy, 33 (3). pp. 425-441. ISSN 0048-7333

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Abstract

The increase of entrepreneurial activity within academia has raised concerns that the research orientation of universities might become ‘contaminated’ by the application-oriented needs of industry. Empirical evidence on this concern is scarce and ambiguous. We examine whether entrepreneurial and scientific performance in academia can be reconciled. Our empirical findings (KU Leuven, Belgium) suggest that both activities do not hamper each other; engagement in entrepreneurial activities coincides with increased publication outputs, without affecting the nature of the publications involved. As resources increase, this interaction becomes more significant, pointing towards a Matthew-effect. We finally suggest that balancing both activities further depends on the institutional policies deployed.

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Additional Information: Prof Debackere was the leader of this study assessing by means of journal publications whether combining academic and more commercial activities changed priorities in academic departments. For the case studied it finds instead that the `Matthew effect¿ of the successful gaining relatively more advantages is intensified. The policy conclusion is of a need for better balance between them.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 16:56
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2012 10:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37159
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