, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 443–464 | Cite as

Techno-Nationalism and the Construction of University Technology Transfer

  • Creso Sá
  • Andrew Kretz
  • Kristjan Sigurdson


Our historical study of Canada’s main research university illuminates the overlooked influence of national identities and interests as forces shaping the institutionalization of technology transfer. Through the use of archival sources we trace the rise and influence of Canadian technological nationalism—a response to Canada’s perceived dependency on the United States’ science and technology. Technological nationalism provided a symbol for producing a shared understanding of the desirability and appropriateness of technology transfer that legitimated the commercial activities of university scientists.


Technology transfer Canada Techno-nationalism Institutionalization Research commercialization Universities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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