Do Differing Motivations Lead to Variation in the Innovation Process Between Academic and Industry Innovators?

Brad Golish & Mary Besterfield-Sacre, University of Pittsburgh

A primary goal of innovation from the corporate perspective is the generation of revenue, while the objective of innovation from the academic point of view is the advancement of the scientific body of knowledge. Does this variation in perspective lead to significantly distinct innovation processes? As part of a larger study, this session examines the innovation process from both the academic and corporate perspective specific to the inventor. To do this, a combination of concept mapping and knowledge representation is utilized to obtain information about the innovation process. A representative map from each population is presented, along with the similarities and differences provided by the inventors about the processes they took.

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