MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, a model of efficiency
In a latest interview, written by Lori Valigra, in Science|Business, an independent news service focused on technology transfer, Leon Sandler the executive director of MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation is explaining how the Center is operating and why is considered to be a global best practice. Sandler argues also on the issue if the model of MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation can be transferred to other regions outside the village, as MIT is mentioned.
After working on his interview the following diagram has been drawn. It shows the stage, in the process of technology transfer, where MIT’s Deshpande Center is acting. According to Sandlers’ comments
We give grants to continue one or two years of research. We fund the proof of concept work such as to build a prototype
In each stage in the knowledge transfer process different actors are involved that they should have funds and know-how to perform the required tasks of each stage.
In the conclusion of this interview he recognises that not every country has the infrastructure of the Boston area or Silicon Valley, and must thus find ways to pull in the missing pieces. But there also are some mindsets that need to change. He pointed to some cultures that think it may be uncouth for professors to make money on the side, or that think professors with business aspirations aren’t serious about their academic careers.
You need to adopt a culture where failure and risk-taking and making money are all OK,
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