ERIC Number: ED368250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-10
Reference Count: N/A
Sponsored Research & the Freedom of Publication.
This paper examines conflicts and collaboration between industry and universities regarding sponsored research and freedom of publication, particularly in the United Kingdom. An opening section notes that the values of the market and the university are in fundamental conflict which presents problems for institutions attempting to work in cooperation with industry. The advantages of the collaboration fostered by sponsored research are noted as are problems such as loss of faculty credibility as disinterested parties, conflicts of interest, and loss of public trust. Policies of the British Research Council concerning policy funding of fundamental research that increases the industrial relevance of academic research and recent trends toward increased governmental control of publications resulting from sponsored research. Evidence is offered that funding sources are in fact influencing the publication of research results. The paper concludes by asking whether these issues are important enough to be resolved and argues that the fundamental value differences between industry and university must be recognized and respected to avoid destructive conflict. (Contains 13 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sponsored Research; United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at a University of Bath School of Education Seminar (November 10, 1992).