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Organizational structures for external growth of University Technology Transfer Offices: An explorative analysis

Daniele Battaglia, Paolo Landoni and Francesco Rizzitelli

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2017, vol. 123, issue C, 45-56

Abstract: Despite the increasing attention to university-industry technology transfer, limited emphasis has been posed on how the university offices in charge of this task organize themselves to grow. University Technology Transfer Offices (UTTOs) can grow internally, e.g. expanding their staff, or externally, e.g. pooling resources among different UTTOs creating new organizational structures. In this paper we study the latter. Exploiting the opportunity of a specific technology transfer policy introduced in Italy, we develop six in-depth case-studies, encompassing twenty UTTOs. We identify three organizational structures that are adopted by UTTOs to achieve external growth. In discussing antecedents, advantages and disadvantages of each organizational structure, we derive implications for UTTOs' managers and policy makers.

Keywords: Technology transfer; Technology transfer office; Organizational model; TTO; Knowledge transfer; University (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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