This paper investigates which is the most suitable model to design the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an exemplar of an organization aimed at tightly connecting the public and private research systems. We developed a theoretical model discussing the trade-offs of the several possible EIT configurations, which depend on eleven key dimensions to be considered in shaping the EIT. We carried out a survey among 312 public researchers and applied an ordered probit econometric model to examine which researchers ‟ attributes (years and type of experience, field and orientation of research activities) may explain their preferences towards some EIT configurations. We conclude discussing the policy implications of the most critical and controversial dimensions
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