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

Hanson, D, Steen, J and O'Donohue, W 1999 , 'Management of basic research and development: lessons from the Australian experience' , Prometheus, vol. 17, no. 2 , pp. 187-197 .

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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
Authors/Creators:Hanson, D and Steen, J and O'Donohue, W
Keywords: Management, innovation, policy, science, research.
Journal or Publication Title: Prometheus
ISSN: 1400-4834
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