Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2009

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

English

First Advisor

Lee Honeycutt

Abstract

This participant observer case study examines a new university institute that was established in 2007 to advance IT research and commercialization and to bridge the valley of death, a metaphor often used to describe the gap between university research and its commercialization. Using cluster analysis, this case study draws on Burke and Bourdieu to analyze the ways that rhetorical figures function to stabilize technology transfer by providing a framework for measuring its value and success. At the same time, that framework is always being constituted and is always contested. One key finding was a tension between a traditional Mode 1 conception of research and a more entrepreneurial Mode 2 conception, in which knowledge production is diffuse, crossing disciplinary and university boundaries. This case study highlights important trends in technology transfer, specifically in how university research is valued and success is defined by various stakeholders.

Copyright Owner

Karen Elizabeth Gulbrandsen

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

155 pages

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