Academic faculty as intellectual property in university-industry research alliances

Craig Boardman, Barry Bozeman

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In this article, we consider a particular type of strategic alliance that is perhaps most difficult to operate: those involving universities and industry that are based in a university setting. We consider this type of research alliance because while we know they face formidable challenges in terms of property rights – with the academic faculty participating in these alliances constituting the ‘property’ – there is very little study of how to address these challenges. Accordingly, we review a number of literatures focused on the shared use of human capital, from management science, organizational behavior, and science policy studies, among others, emphasizing the incenting of collaborative, boundary-spanning research. We discern lessons from these literatures for incenting industry-focused research in university settings and make some recommendations for future research on university-industry research alliances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-420
Number of pages18
JournalEconomics of Innovation and New Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015


  • R&D management
  • research collaboration
  • team science
  • technology transfer
  • university research center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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