Beyond the Academic-Corporate Divide
By David J. Siegel
Academics often view intercourse with business as a dirty, unchaste affair. Whether through direct contact in the form of partnerships or indirect contact in the form of mild flirtations with business ideas, a prevailing concern is that we in the academy might catch something from the private sector (a “sectorally transmitted disease”) if we submit too easily to its seductions. As always, nothing less than our institutional sanctity is at stake; collegiate history can be read as a protracted resistance against one or another corruptive influence, ranging from the church to the crown to the corporation.