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Academic engagement: a review of the literature 2011-2019

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Title: Academic engagement: a review of the literature 2011-2019
Authors: Perkmann, M
Salandra, R
Tartari, V
McKelvey, M
Hughes, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: We provide a systematic review of the literature on academic engagement from 2011 onwards which was the cutoff year of a previous review in Research Policy. Academic engagement refers to knowledge-related interactions of academic scientists with external organizations, set apart from research, teaching and commercialization. It includes activities such as collaborative research with industry, contract research, consulting and informal ties. We consolidate what is known about the individual, organizational and institutional antecedents of academic engagement, and its consequences for research, commercialization, and society at large. Our findings suggest that individual characteristics associated with academic engagement include being scientifically productive, senior, male, locally trained, and commercially experienced. Academic engagement is also socially conditioned by peer effects and within applied disciplines. In terms of consequences, academic engagement is positively associated with academics' subsequent scientific productivity. We also propose new areas of investigation where evidence is still inconclusive, including individual life cycles effects, the role of organizational context and incentives, cross-national comparison, and the impact of academic engagement on the quality of subsequent research as well as educational, commercial and society-wide impact.
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Date of Acceptance: 24-Aug-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/82658
DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2020.104114
ISSN: 0048-7333
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal / Book Title: Research Policy
Volume: 50
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).
Keywords: University-industry relations – technology transfer – academic entrepreneurship – commercialisation – collaborative research – academic consulting
University-industry relations
technology transfer
academic entrepreneurship
collaborative research
academic consulting
Science Studies
1402 Applied Economics
1503 Business and Management
1505 Marketing
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: ARTN 104114
Online Publication Date: 2020-08-29
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School

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