education

Do Universities Matter for Innovation?

I’m probably going to get in trouble for this post because the answer to the title question is yes and no. I am employed by the University of Queensland which prides itself as being the most successful commercializer of research in Australia. However, I have never been convinced by the simple argument that universities matter because they produce groundbreaking research ...

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How the Ivy League is Killing Innovation

Here’s a wonderful article, just published in Bloomberg Business Week that raises a very curious paradox — why academics are teaching innovation. Authors G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Viton state their case clearly, cleanly, and with just enough of an edge to draw blood. “Process-driven cultures love process-driven experts. Organizations, just like people, do what makes them feel strong, ...

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Easing Contractual Burdens on University Start-ups

Universities do not intentionally set out to handicap their start-ups. University technology transfer staff do their utmost to help start-up founders get through the process. Most universities take their economic development role seriously, and work hard to license university-owned inventions to new businesses on fair terms. In fact, some would say that universities are generous... Then what’s the problem?

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From STEM to STEAM

I’m a sucker for any event promising an interdisciplinary experience and an opportunity to dive into the unknown between silos.  I was fortunate to attend, Make it Better, a recent symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on art, design, and the future of healthcare. It delivered. I was reminded of the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials. ...

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Accumulating Patents at Universities

Since the 1980s, universities have ventured into a new line of business: patenting inventions from university research labs and brokering these patents to businesses and start-ups. Why university accumulate patents is a controversial, complicated and poorly understood topic.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

I was watching the most recent Mastercard commercial the other day, and it really got me thinking. Innovation really goes hand in hand with entrepreneurship. The tagline in the commercial is “for those who never stop pursuing their dreams, there’s Mastercard”. If we want to encourage innovation, then we should be encouraging entrepreneurship. It all starts with education. President Obama ...

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