Scientist and students in the construction of entrepreneurial opportunities for technology transfer

Ferran Giones
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 12:00

The involvement of external actors can have a positive impact on the technology transfer efforts of engaged academics. While open and collaborative models for technology transfer are seen as promising alternatives to traditionally closed structures, there are limited insights about the unfolding of these collaboration processes, and on the implications for new technologies commercialization. We adopt a micro-level perspective to explore the dynamics between scientists and students in the commercialization of new technologies in a university setting. We use an embedded multiple-case study to explore the influence of knowledge interactions between scientists and students on the opportunity construction process. Our results suggest that the opportunity construction process and its outcome (enactment or abandonment) closely depend on the dynamic level of team consensus and response to new knowledge exchanges (path creation or path dependence). We contribute to the ongoing debate about rethinking academic entrepreneurship by taking into account the role of students. Simultaneously, we take multiple impact dimensions into consideration for the identification of alternative models for technology transfer.


Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación
Edificio 8E, Acceso J, Planta 4ª (Sala Descubre. Cubo Rojo)
Universitat Politècnica de València | Camino de Vera s/n

Short CV: 

Ferran Giones is an assistant professor at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). He received the BBA & MBA from ESADE Business School, and PhD from La Salle – Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain. Before joining academia, he worked in strategy consulting and project management. His research field is technology entrepreneurship, where he explores the intriguing questions related to how and when does technological progress trigger entrepreneurial activity, and how does this entrepreneurial activity transform into sustainable organizations that contribute to social and economic growth.