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date: 28 January 2020

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The literature on the university’s role in regional economic development and technology commercialization has almost entirely focused on commercialization as managed through technology-licensing offices. Drawing upon case studies from a forthcoming book, it is shown that technology transfer through regional engagement by University of California campuses is far more complex and bidirectional than the current academic literature indicates. We also show that there are distinct disciplinary differences in the technology transfer process. For this reason, we suggest that technology transfer offices have little to do with most of the knowledge transferred by universities and, in certain cases, may even frustrate the transfer process. The chapter suggests better understanding of the true nature of technology transfer would allow both policymakers and university administrators to develop more effective policies.

Keywords: commercialization, regional engagement, university, disciplinary difference, University of California

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