The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 181–202 | Cite as

What drives the university use of technology transfer offices? Evidence from Italy

  • Alessandro MuscioEmail author


Over the last 20 years, universities have made steady progress in their efforts to foster the process of technology transfer through collaboration with industry. The establishment of technology transfer offices (TTO) has become routine for supporting the commercialization of academic research. However, the literature shows that there are many factors that affect the efficiency and effectiveness of these offices. Based on original data from interviews with 197 university departments in Italy, this paper investigates the determinants of universities university use of TTOs. We take account of the effects of universities’ and TTOs characteristics, of research and geographic indicators.


University Collaboration Technology transfer Technology transfer office 

JEL Classification

L24 L31 O32 O33 



This work benefited from valuable comments from Francesco Crespi, Jean-Michel Dalle, Francesco Ferrante, Aldo Geuna, Georg Licht, Francesco Lissoni, Mauro Mallone, Laura Ramaciotti and two anonymous referees. The author would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Italian Ministry of University and Research (FIRB Project 2003—Prot. RBNE033K2R: “A multidimensional approach to technology transfer for more efficient organizational models”). Finally the author is grateful to the late Professor Fabio Gobbo for his guidance and encouragement throughout this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento Di Scienze Economiche, Matematiche E StatisticheUniversità degli Studi di FoggiaFoggiaItaly

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