Intermingling Academic and Business Activities: A New Direction for Science and Universities?

TitleIntermingling Academic and Business Activities: A New Direction for Science and Universities?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsTuunainen, J, Knuuttila, T
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number01622439
Accession Number44654543
KeywordsACADEMIC-industrial , BIOTECHNOLOGY , boundaries , entrepreneurial , ENTREPRENEURSHIP , information , Universities , UNIVERSITY-based , university-industry
AbstractThe growing role of universities in the knowledge economy as well as technology transfer has increasingly been conceptualized in terms of the hybridization of public academic work and private business activity. This article examines the opportunities and challenges posed by this change in the research landscape by by studying the long-term trajectories of two research groups operating in the fields of plant biotechnology and language technology. In both cases, the attempts to simultaneously pursue academic and commercial activities led to complicated boundary maintenance, which arose from the conflicting procedures and requirements of the two activities as well as from the double roles assumed by the actors involved.
NotesTuunainen, Juha 1; Email Address: Juha.Tuunainen@Helsinki.Fi Knuuttila, Tarja 1; Affiliation: 1: Department of Sociology, Helsinki Institute of Science and Technology Studies, P. O. Box 18, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland; Source Info: Nov2009, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p684; Subject Term: ACADEMIC-industrial collaboration; Subject Term: UNIVERSITY-based new business enterprises; Subject Term: ENTREPRENEURSHIP; Subject Term: BIOTECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: INFORMATION technology; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges; Author-Supplied Keyword: biotechnology; Author-Supplied Keyword: boundaries; Author-Supplied Keyword: entrepreneurial university; Author-Supplied Keyword: information technology; Author-Supplied Keyword: university-industry relations; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; Number of Pages: 21p; Document Type: Article
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