טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentNathan Yossi
SubjectThe Commercialization of University Research: Why are Some
Researchers More Entrepreneurial than Others?
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisor Professor Emeritus Uzi De Haan
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Abstract

This study addresses the phenomena of technology transfer through university research commercialization. Two well-known outcomes of this process are Stanford's DNA cloning technology and Google. The complex process an invention undergoes in order to get to the marketplace has been widely researched. In this paper we explore the very early stage in the invention commercialization route - and focus on the researcher. We would like to shed some light on the crucial "jump start" of the process of research commercialization. In order to better understand a researcher's willingness to contribute to the university research commercialization process, we report results from a survey of 175 of the Technion's faculty members, in which we analyze the features that predict their academic entrepreneurial intention. Our data were analyzed through a powerful, flexible and efficient nonparametric Classification and Regression Trees (CART) algorithm. As far as we know, this is the first time that CART has been applied in a technology transfer study. We constructed escalating levels of academic entrepreneurship as filed invention disclosures and the starting of new companies. Our results show that the willingness to initiate the process via invention disclosure is not a major hurdle among researchers, and that the effect on the willingness to disclose is mostly due to age and social capital. However, when we analyze the willingness to start a new company, we find variance among the researchers as they range in their classification from willing to not willing to start a new company depending on their commercial human capital and social capital.