Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2013

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Technology and Innovation, Management, Management of technology, Design/Structure, Organization and Management Theory

Discipline

Higher Education | Strategic Management Policy | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Academy of Management Journal

Volume

56

Issue

2

First Page

498

Last Page

524

ISSN

0001-4273

Identifier

10.5465/amj.2010.0948

Publisher

Academy of Management

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amj.2010.0948

Comments

Best paper award at BPS Division at AOM 2010

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