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Title: Critical barriers and success factors to Irish University spin out activity from a founder perspective.
Author: Rodgers, E.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3530 1151
Awarding Body: Queens University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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The aim of this research study is to provide an understanding of the success factors and barriers impacting university spin-out activity in Ireland. The role of universities has evolved over recent years to include a remit of entrepreneurial activities in addition to their traditional roles of teaching and research. Many governments recognise the important role their local universities can play in helping to build a knowledge economy by producing commercial outputs from educational investment, in the form of technology transfer and university spin-out activity. In addition, changes in government funding of universities over recent years has forced universities to seek new sources of revenue. Thus, commercialisation activities can potentially provide this additional revenue stream required by many universities. Despite this increased emphasis by government on universities to promote spin-out activity there have been limited research studies which examine this activity outside the United States and those studies which do exist predominantly employ quantitative methods. Thus, this research study, employing qualitative methods, explores university spin-out activity across four universities in Ireland. The study examines university spin-out activity from the unique perspective of the individual academic founder through a social constructionist approach, using semi-structured interviews. The findings from the case study analysis of the universities are grounded in literature relating to technology transfer and the 'triple-helix' model of university-industrygovernment relations. Supplied by The British Library - 'The world's knowledge' 1:1 'II The barriers and success factors impacting spin-out activity are analysed from the experiences and perceptions of the academic founders of these spin-out companies. This study makes important contributions to the emerging literature in the area of university spin-out activity and provides an understanding of the barriers to university spin-out activity, providing a foundation from which to reduce these barriers and aiding future policy development.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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