ERIC Number: ED370469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Public and Private Interface in Technology: The Regulation of Industry and Academic Links.
Smith, Helen Lawton
This study compared industry and higher education links in the flow measuring and electronic component industries in the United Kingdom, France, and Belgium. The research analysis looked at how academic research priorities have been shaped by the demands of industry and why some sections of British industry fail to take opportunities presented by the resources of the science base. The study conducted case study interviews with representative of the 47 firms, surveyed academics in related fields, conducted case studies of six national laboratories, and interviewed policymakers, representatives of trade associations, and other interested parties. Analysis of findings suggested that regulation has caused the science base, particularly in electronics, in each country to be increasingly caught up in an information market. In addition each country was found to provide different levels of uncertainty to industry in the kind of research undertaken and the skills of scientists and engineers. A major factor influencing exploitation of the science base was interaction between people in industry and the science bases. Such interactions create essential networks, provide vital training for both sides and give critical insights into respective roles and expectations of participants. (Contains 33 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Belgium; France; United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Research into Higher Education Conference (Brighton, England, United Kingdom, December 14-16, 1993).