Competitive Strategies for Academic Entrepreneurship: Commercialization of Research-Based Products

Competitive Strategies for Academic Entrepreneurship: Commercialization of Research-Based Products

Anna Szopa (Jagiellonian University, Poland), Waldemar Karwowski (University of Central Florida, USA) and David Barbe (University of Maryland, College Park, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: September, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 317
ISBN13: 9781466684874|ISBN10: 1466684879|EISBN13: 9781466684881|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8487-4


In recent years, the pace of technological growth—from the very first stages of research and development to full-scale industrial implementation—has quickened at an exponential rate. To better keep pace with rapidly-changing market demands, the gap between university research incubators and public-sector start-up companies has undergone a marked contraction.

Competitive Strategies for Academic Entrepreneurship: Commercialization of Research-Based Products seeks to fill the gap in research between universities and the public, and offers cutting-edge insight into the current state of the field. Charting a course that moves from discussions of academic resistance and implications for knowledge-transfer theory to current case-studies of academic/industrial launch-pads like COTEC’s Technology Commercialization Accelerator and the Maryland Industrial Partnerships program, this publication targets an audience of academicians, administrators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and established professionals, and seeks to provide insight into the mechanisms by which the research of today becomes the household names of tomorrow.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic Administration
  • Academic Entrepreneurship
  • Academic Infrastructure
  • Academic-Industrial Partnerships
  • Commercialized Research
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Management Theory
  • Risk Management
  • Student Research
  • University Spin-Offs

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Anna Szopa, PhD, designs and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. She holds an MS in Quality Management from Silesian University of Technology and earned her doctoral degree from Jagiellonian University examining innovation strategies of spin-off companies. She has twelve years’ experience in managing companies including research and consultancy. She awarded the fellowship of the The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff). She was a visiting researcher at Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute and University of Central Florida. Her primary research interests include university-industry relationships and university spin-offs. She is and editor of books about innovations, and published several articles in management journals and books.
Waldemar Karwowski, PhD, DSc, PE, is Professor and Chairman, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering at the University of Central Florida, USA. He holds an M.S. (1978) in Production Engineering and Management from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, and a PhD (1982) in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. He was awarded DSc (dr habil.) degree in management science by the State Institute for Organization and Management in Industry, Poland (2004). He also received Honorary Doctorate degrees from three European universities. He is the author or coauthor of over 350 scientific publications, and is Certified Professional Ergonomist (BCPE). Dr. Karwowski was named the J. B. Speed School of Engineering Alumni Scholar for Research, University of Louisville (2004–2006). He served as member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Engineering Societies (2006–2007), and Executive Board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, Washington, D.C. (2007-2009). Dr. Karwowski currently serves on the Committee on Human Systems Integration, National Research Council of the National Academies, USA (2007–2009), and as Editor of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing journal, and Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science journal. He is Past President of the International Ergonomics Association (2000-2003), and Past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2007).
David Barbe received his PhD in electrical engineering from John Hopkins University and worked in industry and government for 20 years, He was awarded the rank of Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) in 1978 for his pioneering work on charge coupled device imagers, now used in digital cameras, camcorders, fax machines and numerous defense and medical applications. Dr. Barbe came to the University of Maryland in 1985. Since 2000, he has concentrated on technology entrepreneurship and innovation. Awards include: Stanford University’s Price Institute Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award in 2002, the American Society of Engineering Education Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educators Award in 2003, the Olympus Lifetime of Education Innovation Award in 2008, one of The Daily Record’s Innovator of the Year Awards in 2011, and a White House Champion of Change Award in 2011. In addition to his technical accomplishments, his recent work is in educating the next generation of entrepreneurs, starting tech companies from University research and helping Maryland companies create new and improved products and services.