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Management of basic research and development: lessons from the Australian experience

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Hanson, D and Steen, J and O'Donohue, W (1999) Management of basic research and development: lessons from the Australian experience. Prometheus, 17 (2). pp. 187-197. ISSN 1400-4834

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Abstract

Management of science and related basic research and development by the state is not a new phenomenon. In this paper it is argued, on the basis of recent Australian experience, that the conventional approach which assumes that the research community is a simple system is deeply flawed. Specifically, it is argued that any pattern of government funding which assumes linear relationships between funding and scientific outputs is unlikely to be productive. Further, it is suggested that a quantitative approach to research management is counter-productive to innovation. A range of ideas is used in developing a more productive set of policies for basic research and development are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Management, innovation, policy, science, research.
Journal or Publication Title: Prometheus
Page Range: pp. 187-197
ISSN: 1400-4834
Additional Information: The definitive published version is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2008 04:39
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:43
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/6812
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