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R & D Management
Oxford : Blackwell Publishing Limited
ISSN : 0033-6807

External technology commercialization in large firms: results of a quantitative benchmarking study


Ulrich Lichtenthaler | WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management |
Holger Ernst | WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management |

Vol.37 No.5 , pp.383 ~ 397


키워드 : R&D
주제분류코드 : 규제 및 산업정책(L5)


External technology commercialization (ETC), i.e., the commercialization of technological knowledge exclusively or in addition to its application inside the firm, has recently become a broader trend. However, this increase in outward technology transfer, e.g., by means of technology licensing, has been insufficiently reflected by academic research. Thus, we lack a detailed understanding of the evolution and the current scope of ETC, which represents an important component of technology portfolio management. Moreover, our insights into the functions of ETC and into firms' strategies, processes, and structures for managing ETC are limited. To address these research deficits, we present the results of a questionnaire-based benchmarking study in 154 medium-sized and large European firms spanning multiple industries. Thus, this article is among the first studies that provide quantitative empirical evidence for the current scope and management of ETC. After an introduction and theoretical considerations, the research design is described. Subsequently, the results of the survey are presented. In the final section, theoretical and managerial implications are discussed, and opportunities for further research are pointed out.


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