Marie Aune

Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


It is generally quite advantageous for business owners and managers across the state to seek assistance from North Dakota University System (NDUS) students and faculty to help start a new venture or develop a new product, process, system, or service. Unfortunately, there is often a great deal of ambiguity in who owns the resultant concepts and brand building tools. The purpose of this independent study is to identify North Dakota University System stakeholder attitudes and expectations involving intellectual property (IP) ownership on collaborative projects

An online survey was administered to stakeholders in the North Dakota University System to assess these attitudes and expectations. The data is illustrated throughout this document and a discussion is provided. It is hoped that result of this independent study will contribute to the development of a more equitable and formal process for determining joint intellectual property ownership beyond simple negotiation. This process can then be implemented at the early stage of collaboration among stakeholders in the North Dakota University System