Science-Based Innovation

Scientific knowledge is at the root of numerous innovations that have found their way into the economy and society. In this theme, we investigate how scientific knowledge drives economic activity and underpins societal impact. We explore the various mechanisms by which this occurs, including university-industry relations, commercialisation and academic entrepreneurship. In particular, we consider novel organisational models in this space, such as open data consortia, special boundary organisations, alternative forms of commercialisation and non-commercial forms of impact.

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Latest Publications

  • Perkmann, McKelvey, Phillips,  (2018) 'Protecting Scientists from Gordon Gekko: How Organizations Use Hybrid Spaces to Engage with Multiple Institutional Logics', Organization Science (download)
  • Fini,  Jourdan, Perkmann, (2017), 'Social valuation across audiences: The interplay between ability and identity judgements', Academy of Management Journal (download)
  • Perkmann (2016)  'How Boundary Organizations Facilitate Collaboration Across Diverse Communities', in Tell et al (eds) Managing Knowledge Integration Across Boundaries(download)
  • Hughes (2016) ‘The Changing State of Knowledge Exchange: UK Academic Interactions with External Organisations 2005-2015’, NCUB (download)
  • Perkmann, Fini, Ross, Salter, Silvestri, Tartari (2015) 'Accounting for Impact at Imperial College London: Using Augmented Data to Measure Academic Engagement and Commercialization by Academic Scientists', Research Evaluation (download)
  • Perkmann, Schildt (2015) 'Open Data Partnerships Between Firms and Universities: The Role of Boundary Organisations,' Research Policy (download)
  • Perkmann, West (2015)  'Open Science & Open Innovation: Sourcing Technology from Universities', in Siegel et al: Handbook of Technology Transfer (download)
  • Wright (2014) ‘Academic Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer and Society: Where Next?’, Journal of Technology Transfer (download)