How industry projects can stimulate academic engagement: An experimental study among U.S. engineering professors

Clauss, Thomas, Spieth, Patrick, Klusman, Christian, Issah, Wunnam Basit ORCID: and Kesting, Tobias (2022) How industry projects can stimulate academic engagement: An experimental study among U.S. engineering professors. Industry and Innovation, 29 (1). pp. 74-101. ISSN 1366-2716

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Technology transfer remains one of the key functions of universities, seen with the growing importance attached to interactions between them and industry partners. Relying on self-determination theory (SDT), we develop a framework comprising the core motivational factors inherent in the design of industry projects and individual determinants which influence a professor’s willingness to engage in industry interaction activities. Based on a conjoint experiment among 250 U.S. professors in engineering sciences, our findings suggest that motivational incentives shape a professor’s disposition towards industry interaction. We additionally provide further insight into how intrinsic motivational structures towards industry engagement are moderated by individual characteristics, including the short-term orientation of professors towards industry activities. Our results contribute to research on university-industry interactions by developing deeper insights into the motivational structures of individual researchers. We also provide practical insights for university administrators and industry managers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: university-industry interactions,academic engagement,extrinsic motivation,intrinsic motivation,self-determination theory,business, management and accounting(all),management of technology and innovation ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2024 15:31
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2024 09:31
DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2021.1976626


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