Scientists behaving badly? Conflicts in multidisciplinary commercialization project teams

Angus I. Kingon, Ted Baker, Roger Debo

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This chapter addresses the behavioral problems and conflicts observed in multidisciplinary university commercialization teams. We examined 59 commercialization projects at one U.S. university, supplemented by a similar number of projects at other universities in the United States and Europe. We applied well-established ideas about distinctive "thought worlds," including both cognitive and motivational factors to understand patterns of selective perception and issue prioritization. The resulting analysis allows us to draw tentative conclusions regarding improved management practices aimed at managing the conflicts and improving university commercialization initiatives. We discuss the generalizability of the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-86
Number of pages28
JournalAdvances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Finance
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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