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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lashley, Kisha
Author's Email Address kisha.lashley@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-07212004-120013
Title The effects of university technology commercialization practices on licensing income - a comparative study
Degree Master of Science
Department Management of Technology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dr. David Dilts Committee Chair
Dr. Christopher McKinney Committee Member
Keywords
  • Licensing
  • University Technology Transfer
  • Technology Transfer
  • Entrepreneurship
Date of Defense 2004-07-07
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This thesis focuses on comparing the effects of university technology commercialization practices on their licensing incomes. "High Output" and "High Activity" universities were selected from top U.S. research universities based on the level of resources that are invested in the technology transfer process, as opposed to the level of income generated as

a result of licensing activities. We use the multiple case study method,consisting of four "High Outcome" and four "High Activity" universities. The principles of real options theory are used to compare and contrast the

technology commercialization processes of the two groups, based on the premise that universities that employ a real options perspective in their technology transfer decisions, will have greater licensing incomes. Based on interviews with technology transfer directors at the universities in the sample, we conclude that the most critical factors affecting licensing income are faculty involvement in the technology marketing process and the level of evaluation of the feasibility of start-up opportunities, prior to engaging in such investments.

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