A Perspective on Commercialization of University Intellectual Property: An Argument for Technology Transfer as an Interdisciplinary Matter

By Ker Ferguson.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies

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This paper draws from the fact that the current economic and political environment surrounding public funding of U.S. university research is placing increasing attention on its commercialization potential and its role in technology based economic development. By examining the literature on the concepts of knowledge, invention, and innovation and their inter-relationship with technology transfer it is observed how many and how diverse the academic disciples are that have contributed to the current understanding. From this perspective, a case is made that the operational framework surrounding university research, and its commercialization, is in fact an interdisciplinary issue. With potential policy changes in the offing, it should be considered more holistically than simply through the single lens of economic development, with some unspecified notion of greater returns on investment.

Keywords: Technology Transfer, Commercialization, Innovation, Invention

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.41-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 439.107KB).

Ker Ferguson

Assistant Vice President, Office of Vice President Research, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Ker Ferguson moved to the U.S. from Canada in 2005. In Canada, he obtained both his undergraduate and master degrees in business administration from Canada’s premier business school, the Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario. He is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in economic and workforce development at the University of Southern Mississippi. Ker’s initial background includes corporate banking and finance, but more recently he has been engaged in the academic sector, where he has over fifteen years of experience in university technology transfer and research park management. He is currently the assistant vice president for research and industry liaison at the University of South Alabama, and he is responsible for the development of the University of South Alabama Research Park initiative and operation of their Office for Technology Transfer.