IRS Claudia Werker
Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 10am - 12 noon, TIM Social Areaa
Balancing Act Between Research and Commerce in Academia
In recent decades, the balancing act between research and commerce in academia has become increasingly centre-stage. We analyse how research orientation and network affect output productivity of academics. Based on a survey carried out at two leading European universities of technology we obtain four major results. (1) The type of output co-evolves with the type of research orientation: pure applied research leads mainly to commercial output and pure basic research mainly to research output. (2) Academics balancing successfully between research and commerce do exist. They expertly combine an academic with an industrial network and produce both above average research and above average commercial output. (3) As research orientation and networks co-evolve output performance of academics depends on the fit between their research orientation and their network. (4) Academics combining projects of different research orientations produce most academic output.