Enablers and barriers to university technology transfer engagements with small- and medium-sized enterprises: perspectives of Principal Investigators

O’Reilly, Paul and Cunningham, James (2017) Enablers and barriers to university technology transfer engagements with small- and medium-sized enterprises: perspectives of Principal Investigators. Small Enterprise Research, 24 (3). pp. 274-289. ISSN 1321-5906

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13215906.2017.1396245

Abstract

This paper seeks to bring forward the Principal Investigator (PI) observations on the enablers and barriers to successful technology transfer of university research to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), taking a micro-perspective which has not been the focus of any research attention to date. Using a qualitative approach set in an Irish research context, this exploratory study found personal relationships, asset scarcity and proximity issues as barriers and enablers to technology transfer engagements with SMEs. The exploratory study also found that PIs were frustrated with their dealings with technology transfer offices and their research relationships with SMEs were not sufficiently valued by their universities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Technology transfer, commercialization, SMEs, Principal Investigators, barriers, enablers, collaboration, technology transfer offices
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 09:05
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 09:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34350

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