Innovation and the Creative Process

Innovation and the Creative Process

Towards Innovation with Care

New Horizons in the Economics of Innovation series

Edited by Lars Fuglsang

This book explores new frameworks and methods of understanding and analysing innovation. These are set against a backdrop of ‘innovation with care’, which is seen as a phenomenon that takes place among many actors with different perspectives, ideas and cultures that must be carefully woven together in order to achieve the benefits of innovation.

Chapter 9: The Interaction Between Public Science and Industry, and the Role of the Øresund Science Region’s Platform Organization

Povl A. Hansen and Göran Serin

Subjects: business and management, knowledge management, organisational innovation, innovation and technology, knowledge management, organisational innovation


Povl A. Hansen and Göran Serin INTRODUCTION In the last two decades, the central focus of industrial and scientific policy has been on transferring public scientific research to industry. This has been based on a criticism of the lack of effectiveness of previous policies in this field. Two political instruments have been used, increasing public scientific R&D in general, and developing mechanisms for transferring public science. The relation between public science and industry has often been seen as “mechanical” in that it has been regarded as a simple transfer of public science to industry. The view reduces public science institutions to transfer institutions and industry to recipients of public knowledge and technology. This chapter argues that this approach is somewhat simplistic and must be replaced by a more caring approach respecting both the specific characters of both public science and industry, but also paying attention to the specific innovation patterns of different industries and, consequently, their different relations to public science. Only by employing this approach and recognizing these differences is it possible, in the long run, for industry to maximize its benefits from its interaction with public science and maintain the dynamics of both forms of research. In this connection, a discussion of the character of the interaction between public science and industry has developed. It concerns the impact of public science on different types of industries as well as the importance of diverse types of...

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