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From knowledge to product Institutional change and commercialization of university research in China

From knowledge to product Institutional change and commercialization of university research in China Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between institutional change and commercialization of university research in China, the largest developing country during 1985‐2007 period. Design/methodology/approach – The findings are based on a comparative case study of two key Chinese universities. Both unstructured and semi‐interviews are utilized for the research. Findings – There is still a gap between goals of institutional change and performances of commercializing university research, albeit improvements have also been observed over last two decades. Research limitations/implications – Only two universities are selected to approach the complex commercialization process, more cases are needed for further research. Practical implications – Experience generated from this comparative study might be helpful for other developing countries to explore the appropriate paths to commercialize their research results. Originality/value – Three modes of commercialization proposed in the paper might help for cross‐country comparison research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China Emerald Publishing

From knowledge to product Institutional change and commercialization of university research in China

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1758-552X
DOI
10.1108/17585521011083139
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between institutional change and commercialization of university research in China, the largest developing country during 1985‐2007 period. Design/methodology/approach – The findings are based on a comparative case study of two key Chinese universities. Both unstructured and semi‐interviews are utilized for the research. Findings – There is still a gap between goals of institutional change and performances of commercializing university research, albeit improvements have also been observed over last two decades. Research limitations/implications – Only two universities are selected to approach the complex commercialization process, more cases are needed for further research. Practical implications – Experience generated from this comparative study might be helpful for other developing countries to explore the appropriate paths to commercialize their research results. Originality/value – Three modes of commercialization proposed in the paper might help for cross‐country comparison research.

Journal

Journal of Science and Technology Policy in ChinaEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: Organizational change; Universities; Research; China

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