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The Fountain of KnowledgeThe Role of Universities in Economic Development$
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Shiri M. Breznitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789615

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789615.001.0001

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(p.1) CHAPTER ONE Introduction
The Fountain of Knowledge

Shiri M. Breznitz

Stanford University Press

Existing literature on technology transfer finds that most experts view universities’ technology-transfer efforts positively and unconditionally, without considering the possibility that some change in universities’ technology-transfer processes may have neutral and even negative results. Moreover, the literature emphasizes specific factors that may contribute to increased university commercialization, including policy, such as royalty share and faculty guidelines, as well as organizational issues, such as business experience and education of employees of the technology-transfer office. However, the case studies in the literature provide little empirical analysis of any university over time or through changes to its technology-transfer processes.

Keywords:   roles of the university, literature debate, University of Cambridge, Yale University

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