Investigation of individual motivation of researchers towards patenting research results and spin-off formation

In recent decades, the rise of the entrepreneurial university and the need for commercialization of university knowledge has gained significant attention, thus posing major challenges for higher education institutions. The adequacy of commercialization requirements causes problems not only for institutions but for individual researchers as well.

Although an increasing number of scholars are focusing on researchers’ motivation in academic entrepreneurship, there is still a lack of surveys that investigate the motivational differences by specific group of academics. In our research, the aim is to investigate motivational and other influencing factors that can have influence on researchers intention to patent and commercialize research results. Data were collected at 20 Hungarian higher education institutions and the research was extended to Japanese universities as well.


Norbert Buzás, PhD, MBA
head of research group

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