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Bringing innovation to centre stage : the rhetoric of commercialisation and cross-sector collaboration

Couchman, Paul K. and Fulop, Liz 2005, Bringing innovation to centre stage : the rhetoric of commercialisation and cross-sector collaboration, in APROS 11 2005 : Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies: 11th International Colloquium, Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 275-284.

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Title Bringing innovation to centre stage : the rhetoric of commercialisation and cross-sector collaboration
Author(s) Couchman, Paul K.
Fulop, Liz
Conference name Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies. International Colloquium (11th : 2005 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 4-7 Dec. 2005
Title of proceedings APROS 11 2005 : Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies: 11th International Colloquium
Editor(s) Muetzelfeldt, Michael
Publication date 2005
Conference series Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies Conference
Start page 275
End page 284
Publisher Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) commercialisation
collaboration
innovation
R&D
policy
Summary As a key element in Australia's national innovation system, public sector organizations, such as universities and public-funded research agencies, have increasingly become involved in R&D collaborations with firms. Government policy has encouraged this cross-sector collaboration, and in the most recent policy "act" has focused on the commercialisation of research findings (through which R&D outputs are translated into marketable commodities) and has encouraged public sector organizations to become more directly involved in this activity. But while the policy rhetoric has contributed to a discourse of marketization, through which cultural change in the research performing organizations is both promoted and legitimised, there are other voices in the unfolding policy drama which point to the complex and multifaceted nature of commercialisation in national economies. These countervailing voices emphasise the multiple roles that public sector organizations play in national innovation systems, and this introduces organizational role ambiguity into the discourse leading to confusion among the research performing actors. It is concluded that, given the complex and subtle nature of innovation processes, the traditional dichotomy between applied (or commercially-focused) research and "public good" research is no longer tenable nor helpful in the policy debates.
ISBN 192116638X
9781921166389
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034930

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