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Publication and patent behaviour of academic researchers: conflicting, reinforcing or merely co-existing?.

By Bart Van Looy, J Callaert and Koenraad Debackere


Increasing entrepreneurial activity within academia has raised concerns that the amount of publications added to the scientific commons might become reduced or that academic research would become directed exclusively towards the application-oriented needs of industry. In the case of academic inventions, the potential conflict between public and private oriented considerations seems most salient. With this contribution, we examine whether the publication behaviour of academic inventors (at K.U.Leuven) differs from their colleagues (non-inventors) working within similar fields of research. Our analysis reveals that inventors publish significantly more. Moreover, no empirical evidence was found for the 'skewing problem'. These findings not only suggest the co-existence of both activities; they may actually reinforce one another.Academic investors; Field; Industry; Knowledge; Knowlegde interactions; Research; University-industry relations; Working;

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