The effect of informal industry contacts on the time university scientists allocate to collaborative research with industry
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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.
KeywordsTechnology transfer University-industry relations Informal interactions
JEL ClassificationsO31 O32
We gratefully acknowledge research support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under contract 1032 DE-FG02-96ER45562. The views presented here do not necessarily reflect those of the funding institution.
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