Scientific disclosure and commercialization mode selection for university technology transfer

Xuhua Chang, Qiang Chen, Sik Wah Fong

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Much previous research has explored university-industry technology transfer, but few researchers have examined the more comprehensive technology transfer process from faculty to firm. This paper focuses on faculty's decisions on invention disclosure and selection of the mode of commercialization, and it aims to fill this gap through developing game models involving faculty, university, and firm. The results reveal a series of specific conditions for each commercialization mode, indicating that faculty's share of licensing revenue and non-economic benefit have a positive impact on invention disclosure and the amount of effort expended by faculty, while increasing licensing price, decreasing the invention disclosure rate, and not necessarily increasing the investment by the firm. The empirical evidence supports our theory and renders a practical interpretation in the context of the 35 Chinese universities with the most patent applications. Finally, this paper provides new insights for faculty, university, and firm, as well as implications for policy-makers.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberscv011
Pages (from-to)85-101
Number of pages17
JournalScience and Public Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • Commercialization mode selection
  • Invention disclosure
  • University technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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