Beyond and between academia and business

Author(s)
Maximilian Fochler
Abstract

Research and innovation policy has invested considerable effort in creating new institutional spaces at the interface of academia and business. High-tech startups founded by academic entrepreneurs have been central to these policy imaginaries. These companies offer researchers new possibilities beyond and between academia and larger industry. However, the field of science and technology studies has thus far shown only limited interest in understanding these companies as spaces of knowledge production. This article analyses how researchers working in small and medium-sized biotechnology companies in Vienna, Austria, describe the cultural characteristics of knowledge production in this particular institutional space. It traces how they relate these characteristics to other institutional spaces they have experienced in their research biographies, such as in academia or larger corporations. It shows that the reasons why researchers decide to work in biotechnology companies and how they organize their work are deeply influenced by their perception of deficiencies in the conditions for epistemic work in contemporary academia and, to a lesser degree, in industry.

Organisation(s)
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Journal
Social Studies of Science
Volume
46
Pages
259-281
ISSN
0306-3127
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312716629831
Publication date
01-2016
Publication status
Accepted/In press
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
509017 Social studies of science
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/beyond-and-between-academia-and-business(73e5868f-b679-40ad-93bf-782d6a2685a8).html