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Title: Combining entrepreneurial and scientific performance in academia: towards a compounded and reciprocal Matthew effect
Authors: Van Looy, Bart
Ranga, Liana Marina
Callaert, Julie
Debackere, Koenraad
Zimmerman, E
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: K.U.Leuven - Departement toegepaste economische wetenschappen
Series Title: DTEW Research Report 0310 pages:1-34
Abstract: The increase of entrepreneurial activity within academia has raised concerns that the research orientation of universities might become 'contaminated' by the application-oriented needs of industry. Empirical evidence on this concern is scarce and ambiguous. We examine whether entrepreneurial and scientific performance in academia can be reconciled. Our empirical findings (K.U.Leuven, Belgium) suggest that both activities do not hamper each other; engagement in entrepreneurial activities coincides with increased publication outputs, without affecting the nature of the publications involved. As resources increase, this interaction becomes more significant, pointing towards a Matthew-effect. We finally suggest that balancing both activities further depends on the institutional policies deployed.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation (MSI), Leuven

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