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Incentives and Boundaries (IB)
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Putting Patents in Context:Exploring Knowledge Transfer from MIT - Agrawal, Ajay; Henderson, Rebecca
In this paper we explore the degree to which patents are representative of the magnitude,
direction, and impact of the knowledge spilling out of the university by focusing on MIT, and in particular on the departments of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative data, we show that patenting is a minority
activity: a majority of the faculty in our sample never patent, and publication rates
far outstrip patenting rates. Most faculty members estimate that patents account for
less than 10% of the knowledge that transfers from their labs. Our results also suggest
that in two important ways patenting is not representative of...
(203587 bytes; application/pdf) - 23-jun-2010
Metrics Thermostat - Hauser, John
The explosion of information and information technology has led many firms to evolve a dispersed product development process with people and organizations spread throughout the world. To
coordinate such dispersed processes managers attempt to establish a culture that implicitly rewards product development teams based on their ability to perform against a set of strategic metrics such as customer satisfaction, time to market, defect reduction, or platform reuse. Many papers have focused on selecting the right metrics and establishing the culture. In this paper we focus on a practical method to fine-tune a firm's relative emphasis on the metrics that they have...
(162116 bytes; application/pdf) - 23-jun-2010