Until now, there has been no attempt at the empirical level to describe the phenomenon.

Technology transfer policies are always at the centre of policy debate. As suggested by the European Commission (2007), technology transfer schemes are reputed to be ‘the processes for capturing, collecting and sharing explicit and tacit knowledge, including skills and competence’ and so constitute a fundamental engine for enhancing economic and social welfare.

In the last decades, universities have significantly increased their interaction with entrepreneurs and corporations. Through the pursuit of the so-called “third mission”, university-industry collaborations have activated a process…

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