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Knowledge Frontiers : Public Sector Research and Industrial Innovation in Biotechnology, Engineering Ceramics, and Parallel Computing - Wendy Faulkner

Knowledge Frontiers

Public Sector Research and Industrial Innovation in Biotechnology, Engineering Ceramics, and Parallel Computing

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Published: 16th February 1995
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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.' Choice `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

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Background
The Policy Issues
Science, Technology, and Innovation
Getting Inside Indistry-PSR Linkage: A Novel Research Approach
The Empirical Studies
Industry-PSR Linkage in Biotechnology
Industry-PSR Linkage in Engineering Ceramics
Industry-PSR Linkage in Parallel Computing
Analysis and Implications
Cross-Technology Differences and Similarities
Tacit Knowledge and Informal Networks
Conceptualizing Knowledge Used in Innovation
Policy and Management Implications
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780198288336
ISBN-10: 0198288336
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 16th February 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.6