Honors Program

Sydney Cale

Sydney Cale (Dayton)

Title: “University Technology Transfer Policies and Commercialization”
Major: Business
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Jun Ma (Business)
External Reviewer: Dr. Zelimir Todorovic (Business)
Honors Council Liaison: Dr. Prasad Bingi (Business)

Sydney graduated in the Fall of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She was involved in Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, and the International Business Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi. She also worked on campus in the Office of Major Scholarships (OMSA) and with the Honors Program. Sydney is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at IPFW and will graduate in December 2015. Sydney also had the privilege of marrying the love of her life on January 4, 2014.


This paper analyzes the effects of university technology transfer policies along with other external factors on the commercialization activity of university technology transfer offices. Because there was a similar study conducted in Canada, and this paper contends that Canada participates in technology transfer differently than the United States, this study focused primarily on United States universities. This study found that policy guided and determined factors such as research expenditures and royalty distribution (to an extent) significantly impacts the commercialization activity at universities. This study also found that external factors, such as medical schools and location in the Western and Northeast region of the United States, also significantly and positively impact the amount of commercialization activity.