Managing Intellectual Property and Licensing: A Study on Cooperative Research Centres

Sheen, Peter Bernard (2005) Managing Intellectual Property and Licensing: A Study on Cooperative Research Centres. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis examines the perceived importance by two-tiered management of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) for managing a range of intellectual property issues. Fifty survey items are presented to the executive directors and

commercialization managers of 62 CRCs. The survey items are categorized under four themes: relationships with collaborators, project management; design and implementation of agreements; and specific licensing issues. An analysis of the data, using a series of independent samples t-tests, repeated measures t-tests, chi-square tests for independence or relatedness and goodness of fit, shows a range of results. There are significant differences between executive directors and commercialization

managers on a number of issues. There are particular emphases or trends about certain issues for the whole sample of managers.

These findings are compared with text analyses of 23 CRC strategic planning documents. This is done in order to explore any similarity, difference or nuance between what the managers say in response to the survey items, compared with what is stated in the codified policies of the CRCs. While there is a high degree of

consistency among certain themes between the two sets of findings, the overall analysis points to the need for the CRCs to have a better understanding and practice of commercialization opportunities, especially through the involvement of third party commercial interests. It is argued that accommodating third party commercialization interests involves the application of an important knowledge economy principle that has an important bearing on the future economic viability and competitiveness of the CRCs.

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ID Code: 16010
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Ryan, Neal, Grigg, Trevor, & Harding, Sandra
Keywords: Chief executive officer, Chi-square test for goodness of fit, Chi-square test for independence or relatedness, Collaboration, Commercializable intellectual assets, Commercialization, Commercialization manager, Competitive advantage, Cooperation, Cooperative Research Centres, Executive directors, Human capital, Independent samples t-test, Intangible assets, Internet, Innovation, Intellectual property, Issues, Know-how, Knowledge economy, Knowledge management, Licensing, Managers, Managerial know-how, Mann-Whitney test, Patenting, Project Management, Relationships, Repeated measures t-test, Research and development, Supporting intellectual assets, Text analysis, Third party licensing
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Department: Faculty of Business
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Peter Bernard Sheen
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:55
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:42

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