We examine why commercialization of interdisciplinary research, especially from distant scientific domains, is different from commercialization of inventions from specialized or proximate domains. We argue that anticipated coordination costs arising from the need to transfer technology to licensee firms and from the need for an inventor team's members to work together to further develop a technology significantly impact commercialization outcomes. We use a sample of 3,776 university invention disclosures to test whether variation in the types of experience of the scientists on a team influences the likelihood that an invention will be licensed. We proffer evidence to support our hypotheses that anticipated coordination costs influence whether an invention is licensed and that specific forms of team experience attenuate such coordination costs. The implications of these findings for theories of coordination, innovation, and entrepreneurship are discussed.
Technology and Innovation, Management, Management of technology, Design/Structure, Organization and Management Theory
Higher Education | Strategic Management Policy | Technology and Innovation
Strategy and Organisation
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management
KOTHA, Reddi Rayalu; GEORGE, Gerard; and SRIKANTH, Kannan.
Bridging the Mutual Knowledge Gap: Coordination and the Commercialization of University Science. (2013). Academy of Management Journal. 56, (2), 498-524. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/lkcsb_research/3624