Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27557
Authors: 
Grimpe, Christoph
Hussinger, Katrin
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 08-080
Abstract: 
Literature has identified formal and informal channels in university technology transfer. While formal technology transfer typically involves a legal contract on a patent or on collaborative research activities, informal transfer channels refer to personal contacts and hence to the tacit dimension of knowledge transfer. Research is, however, scarce regarding the interaction of formal and informal transfer mechanisms. In this paper, we analyze whether these activities are mutually reinforcing, i.e. complementary. Our analysis is based on a comprehensive dataset of more than 2,000 German manufacturing firms. We perform direct and indirect tests for the complementarity of formal and informal technology transfer. Our results confirm a complementary relationship: using both transfer channels contributes to higher innovation performance. The management of the firm should therefore strive to maintain close informal relationships with universities to realize the full potential of formal technology transfer.
Subjects: 
University technology transfer
complementarity
innovation performance
JEL: 
O31
L24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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