Publication and patent behaviour of academic researchers: Conflicting, reinforcing or merely coexisting?

Looy, Bart Van, Callaert, Julie and Debackere, Koenraad (2006) Publication and patent behaviour of academic researchers: Conflicting, reinforcing or merely coexisting? Research Policy, 35 (4). pp. 596-608. ISSN 0048-7333

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Abstract

Increasing entrepreneurial activity within academia has raised concerns that the number of publications added to the scientific commons might be reduced or that academic research would be directed exclusively towards the application-oriented needs of industry. In the case of academic inventions, the potential conflict between public- and private-oriented considerations seems most salient. In this contribution, we examine whether the publication behavior of academic inventors (at K.U. Leuven) differs from their colleagues (non-inventors) working within similar fields of research. Our analysis reveals that inventors publish significantly more. Moreover, no empirical evidence was found for the ‘skewing problem’. These findings not only suggest the co-existence of both activities; they may actually reinforce each other.

Item Type: Article
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 10:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37223
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