University-firm technology transfer in Chile: panel data and case study analysis

My thesis studies university-firms technology transfer in Chile. Since the early 1990s this country has made important efforts to increase its investment in innovation. An important part of the innovation strategy has been focussed on promoting university-firm collaboration. However, despite government efforts, the number of patents and investment in R&D are still lower than in other OECD countries. The effort of firms in innovation is limited and the main source of funding for R&D continues to be the government. In OECD countries the main source of R&D funding is the business sector.

My project analyses the technology transfer dynamics from a systemic perspective considering not only both the supply and demand side of technology transfer but also the influence of innovation policy on the behaviour of stakeholders. The research builds on agency theory, organisational capabilities and knowledge production as theoretical approaches. I use Tobit dynamic models and case study as research methods. 

My research aims to contribute to the literature in two ways; first, by using management theories in the study of technology transfer in the context of a developing country, Second, by providing insights about the relationship between innovation policy and innovation capacity in universities in  Chile. Finally, by using a panel dataset of innovation in firms in Chile, which will allows me to study the long term effects of collaboration for innovation, in firms’ innovation outcomes.

Claudia Contreras Rojas
Research Student