In Good Company: The Influence of Peers on Industry Engagement by Academic Scientists

Valentina Tartari, Markus Perkmann, Ammon Salter

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    Recent research has explored behavioral peer group influences on academics’ engagement with industry, but has not explicitly addressed under which circumstances these influences are more pronounced. Analyzing multi-source data for 1200 UK academic scientists and engineers, we find that peers’ behavior shape individual engagement behavior, yet the effect of social learning is stronger for individuals in the early stage of their career, while it is weaker for star scientists and academics who have worked in industry in the past. While peer effects appear to be strong, we find no organization-level effects. We explore implications for research on professional organizations and policies designed to encourage academics to engage with industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
    EditorsLeslie Toombs
    Number of pages6
    Place of PublicationBirmingham, AL
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    Publication date2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2012: The Informal Economy - Boston, United States
    Duration: 3 Aug 20127 Aug 2012
    Conference number: 72


    Conference72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2012
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    OtherThe Informal Economy
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    SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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