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Love and Hate in University Technology Transfer Examining Faculty and Staff Conflicts and Ethical Issues

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dc.contributor.author Hamilton, Clovia
dc.contributor.author Schumann, David
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-30T16:17:00Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-30T16:17:00Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10322
dc.description.abstract "This chapter examines the literature focused on the relationship between university research faculty and technology transfer office staff. We attempt to provide greater understanding of how research faculty’s personal values and research universities’ organization values may differ and why. Faculty researchers and tech transfer office (TTO) staff are perceived to be virtuous agents. When both are meeting each other’s needs, a “love” relationship exists. However, when these needs are not met, a “hate” relationship exists that is replete with doubt and uncertainty. This doubt and uncertainty creates tension and subsequent conflicts. There are many accounts where faculty researchers have not followed university policies and expectations, often violating policy and ethical standards. Likewise, faculty report numerous examples of how TTO staff members’ negligence in servicing their attempts to be good institutional citizens have failed them. This paper explores this love/hate relationship and reveals numerous conflicts that call into question ethical concerns. It also provides a set of recommendations for reducing and potentially alleviating these concerns. Results from a thorough review of the literature on the relationship between faculty and university TTOs reveals that perceived job insecurity is the primary reason that some research faculty members as well as some TTO staff, unethically violate their university policy to disclose invention disclosures and select to not provide full services, respectively. One way to alleviate the conflict between faculty’s personal values regarding their inventions and university’s organizational values is to enact measures that build trust and reduce insecurity among faculty members and TTO staff. In this paper, we not only examine this faculty/TTO staff ethical conflicts, but we offer a set of recommendations that we believe will reduce the likelihood of unethical behavior while encouraging greater institutional commitment and trust." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher Emerald en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Research in Ethics of Organizations en_US
dc.subject technology transfer en_US
dc.subject ethics en_US
dc.subject science en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.subject patents en_US
dc.subject intellectual property rights en_US
dc.subject management en_US
dc.subject innovation en_US
dc.subject value en_US
dc.subject trust en_US
dc.title Love and Hate in University Technology Transfer Examining Faculty and Staff Conflicts and Ethical Issues en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Qualitative en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 95-122 en_US


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