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University mission creep? Comparing EU and US faculty views of university involvement in regional economic development and commercialization.

Goldstein, Harvey and Bergman, Edward M. and Maier, Gunther (2013) University mission creep? Comparing EU and US faculty views of university involvement in regional economic development and commercialization. Annals of Regional Science, 50. pp. 453-477. ISSN 0570-1864

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Abstract

The expansion of universities' missions to include the support of regional economic development has led to conflicts between traditional norms of open science and the norms of entrepreneurialism, as well as placing university faculty in situations of potential conflict of interest. We posit that there are important differences between how universities support regional economic development in terms of leading to normative and ethical conflicts. Using data from two independent samples of U.S. and European faculty, we explore and compare faculty attitudes towards regional engagement and knowledge commercialization using factor analysis. The results show that U.S. faculty make a clear distinction between the appropriateness of university regional engagement, on the one hand, and knowledge commercialization, on the other. European faculty view regional engagement and knowledge commercialization along the same spectrum in terms of appropriateness. At the same time, attitudes of faculty in the U.S. and in Europe reveal independent commitment to the norms of open science and avoidance of situations of conflicts of interest.

Item Type: Article
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Classification Codes: JEL O31, O32, O38, O17
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Multi-Level Governance and Development > Bergman
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Major
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2013 14:43
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 18:39
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/59913/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/3838

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