Academics’ identities and actions for innovation
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The role of universities and academics played in the innovation has been increasingly emphasized in the management literature and practice. However, the innovation policy emphasising on output-based outcome has somehow misrepresented the nature of academics’ knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as universities’ impacts on economy. While existing studies have developed thorough knowledge of university-firm level formal collaborations, research has just started to touch on less formal innovation activities. Following the plea for adopting a diverse approach, our research examined innovation and commercial activities in academia, and validated this survey instrument by structural equation model (SEM). Results confirmed that academics engaged in a wide range of innovative activities as a reflection of professional identities and commitment at the individual level. Understanding the link between psychological indicators and behavioural parameters provide new insights of successful actions for innovation.
2012 XXIII ISPIM Conference: Action for Innovation: Innovating from Experience
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Innovation and Technology Management