Models of technology development in intermediate research organisations

Andrea Mina, David Connell, Alan Hughes
Work package: 
WP 3
Publication number: 
01 August 2010

The development and exploitation of new scientific and technological know-how is a prime engine of economic growth. Different innovation systems have developed different approaches to this problem and have built upon varying combinations of public and private support for R&D over time. In this context, research and technology intermediaries play an important brokering and entrepreneurial role. This paper contains a comparative institutional analysis of the policy and business models of the Fraunhofer Society (Germany), IMEC (Belgium), the Holst Centre (the Netherlands), ITRI (Taiwan) and ETRI (South Korea). It includes an investigation and discussion of their main features, modus operandi, opportunities/risks and trade-offs. The study responds to the need to gain better understanding of possible ways to strengthen the capacity of knowledge based economies to generate more and more value from science and technology resources. The case studies presented in this paper offer useful lessons for the development of innovation policy instruments of great potential benefit to a number of European economies, including the UK.

Keywords: technology transfer, knowledge exchange, research and technology intermediaries, innovation policy.
JEL Codes: O25, O30, L50
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