ERIC Number: ED349850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Industrial Perspectives on Innovation and Interactions with Universities. Summary of Interviews with Senior Industrial Officials.
Industrial Research Inst., New York, NY.; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable.
A study was done of the views of senior research managers in industry on the roles of business and universities in innovation, techical change, and competitiveness. This effort stemmed from an earlier set of roundtable discussions on university-industry research alliances and sought to add a stronger component of industrial views to an ongoing discussion. The views summarized come from interviews with 17 senior research managers representing a range of fields of research as well as a variety of sizes and types of companies. The results of these interviews were summarized and reviewed by the interviewees as well as members of the roundtable meeting together. Central themes that emerged from the interviews included the following: most innovation occurs through incremental improvements to existing products or processes; industry is the primary source for innovation; the primary role of universities is in training and education; and industry needs to collaborate with universities, other companies, in-house research divisions, vendors, and federal laboratories to maximize knowledge transfer and to identify emerging new technologies. The views show that a difference of opinion exists between university and industry officials. Included in appendixes are a list of those interviewed and questions used in the interviews. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Higher Education, Industrial Education, Industry, Interviews, Opinions, Research and Development, Research Universities, School Business Relationship, Technological Advancement, Technology, Technology Transfer, Universities
Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue N.W. (NAS 340), Washington, DC 20418.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.; Institute of Medicine (NAS), Washington, DC.; National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Industrial Research Inst., New York, NY.; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable.