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Title: Commercialisation of academic research : an evaluation of government and institutional commercialisation of academic research in Malaysia
Author: Yusoff, M. E.
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2012
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Governments have realized the increasing importance of the role of universities play in creating and diffusing knowledge as part of the process of innovation. Similarly, universities are now recognised as the seed bed for business firm formation. This has led to the commercialisation of academic research within publicly funded research institutions such as universities receiving increasing recognition in studies of technology management and economic development. Numerous programmes and supporting facilities have been made available by governments to enable universities to share the ‘laboratory life’. Despite positive supports from government and universities, little research has been carried out into such activities in the context of developing economies. This study aims to fill the gap by studying the commercialisation activities of universities in Malaysia. The study investigates the role of government and universities by focusing on their initiatives to promote the commercialisation of academic research in universities. The main objective of the study is to understand the current trend of commercialisation activities in Malaysian Universities. A qualitative-interview is used as the main method of data gathering from the three universities. This study found out that the effect of entrepreneurial university is still very much limited in the three universities. The Government takes a moderate stand by giving a full autonomy to the universities on the implementation of academic commercialisation activity. The study also shows that the type of academic commercialisation i.e. spin offs formation, licensing, knowledge transfer and consultation is influence by the type of university i.e. Research University and Vocational University in the three universities. The third finding from this study is the failure to address the personal motivation of academic staff. The findings have important implications not only for Malaysia but all developing countries seeking to enhance their innovation capability.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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