The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 301–313 | Cite as

The effect of informal industry contacts on the time university scientists allocate to collaborative research with industry

Article

Abstract

We ask whether informal interactions between university and industry scientists result in collaborative research. Using data from a national survey of tenured and tenure-track scientists and engineers in U.S. research extensive universities, we demonstrate that university scientists’ informal interactions with private sector companies increase both the likelihood and intensity of collaborative research with industry.

Keywords

Technology transfer University-industry relations Informal interactions 

JEL Classifications

O31 O32 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Program In Public AdministrationUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Science and Technology Policy InstituteWashingtonUSA

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