Governments around the world have policies to promote links between industry and academic and government laboratories in order to foster economic growth and innovation in the technology-based industries. Knowledge Frontiers gives new insights into this process and offers an original framework for tracking these interactions. The book shows what 'knowledge' companies want from public sector research, and how they network to get this knowledge in three new and promising fields of advanced technology - biotechnology, engineering ceramics, and parallel computing.
The authors first look at some of the background issues - policy issues about links between industry and public sector research; the ways in which science and technology interact in the innovation process; and general developments in each of the technologies examined. They look in more detail at public-private research links in the three areas. They find similarities which point to the general importance to innovation of frontier research in universities, and the need to encourage informal interaction/contact between industrial and public sector researchers. They also find differences between the fields which suggest that the policies to provide research links should be more effectively targeted, as an integral part of the broader objective of fostering 'strategic technologies'.
Knowledge Frontiers advances our understanding of the various types of knowledge used in the course of research, design, and development leading to innovation. It is essential reading for those wanting to get to grips with the complex and dynamic realities of the innovation process - be they researchers, managers, or policy makers.
`It is essential that the interrelationship between industrial and public sector reserach be clearly understood ... This British study is an important step in this process.'
`A useful contribution to the growing understanding of scholars of technical advance about industry - university linkages ... This is a good and useful book.'
Richard R. Nelson, Research Policy
`The major strengths of the book lie in its novel approach to analysis ... this is an interesting and valuable book. It is well structured and the analysis is thorough. It will be of value to its target audience of researchers, managers and policy makers.'
Industry and Higher Education