Intermingling Academic and Business Activities

TitleIntermingling Academic and Business Activities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsTuunainen, J, Knuuttila, T
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Date Published11/2009
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0162-2439
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 challenges presented by these kind of partnerships 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.
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