Brandt School Universit├Ąt Erfurt

New Publication about Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Behaviours of Scientists at Universities

A new article by Heike M. Grimm and Johannes Jaenicke has just been published Online First in the Journal of Technology Transfer to be accessed via http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10961-014-9353-z. The article is titled Testing the causal relationship between academic patenting and scientific publishing in Germany: Crowding-out or reinforcement? (In: Journal of Technology Transfer, Online First, Volume 40, No. 3, June 2014, 10.1007/s10961-014-9353-z).

The paper investigates the intertemporal spillover effects from patenting to future publishing activities and vice versa among university employees with a country focus on the German Laender Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia. Individual data from university patentees who successfully issued a patent at a public university before and after 2005 from the selected German Laender is used for measuring the Granger-causal effects between both activities. The interaction of personal and institutional characteristics of academic patentees is taken into account. Our findings show that there is a positive feedback relationship between patenting and publishing activities. An increase in patent applications results in higher numbers of future publications; reciprocally, an increase of publications contributes to a higher output of future patent applications. The paper further presents findings about motives, skills and experience of so-called star scientists and other academic inventors.

The publication is included in a special issue of the Journal of Technology Transfer initiated by David B. Audretsch, Erik Lehmann and Stefano Paleari and is dedicated to various challenges from a mostly European perspective leading to a drastic change in the higher education sector caused, among others, by globalization and the interrelatedness of markets and the increased competition for scarce resources, in particular knowledge and human capital.

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