Public Sector Technology Transfer


Public Sector Technology Transfer

9781035310524 Edward Elgar Publishing
Albert N. Link, Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, US
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 052 4 Extent: 174 pp
In this insightful book, Albert N. Link offers an incisive explanation as to why the U.S. public sector is involved in technology transfer, and how the institutions that support technology transfer have become a cornerstone of U.S. economic growth and development.

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In this insightful book, Albert N. Link offers a perceptive explanation as to why the U.S. public sector is involved in technology transfer, and how the institutions that support technology transfer have become cornerstones of U.S. economic growth and development.

Public-Sector Technology Transfer traces the policy history of public-sector support and illustrates the impact of the Great Recession on technology transfer activity in the U.S. Chapters explore the federal laboratory consortium, technology transfer mechanisms and metrics, publicly-funded small business research programs, and knowledge and technology transfers from publicly funded firms. Link provides an illuminating account of the heuristic and empirical reasons for technology transfer, concluding that many technology transfers occur for the common good of society.

This astute account will be a vital read for academics, researchers and students in economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, public management and business. Its comprehensive exploration of technology transfer in the U.S. will also be of benefit to practitioners and policy makers in government institutions, as well as small business entrepreneurs.
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‘This book makes an important contribution to the economics of knowledge. The analysis of knowledge as an economic good and the outcome of an economic process reveals the idiosyncratic and intriguing characteristics that make it the main if not single determinant of economic growth. Much attention has been devoted to exploring its limited appropriability, its consequences and possible remedies such as the public provision of knowledge. This book provides a landmark analysis of the limited transferability of knowledge and the set of interventions that have been elaborated to support and implement the actual transfer of knowledge and technologies from US public research centers to the business community and small firms especially.’
– Cristiano Antonelli, University of Torino, Italy

‘Prof. Albert N. Link draws on decades of experience and his deep insights in the area to provide an impressive overview of knowledge transfer and technology transfer. Vivid quotes and relevant anecdotes are expertly weaved into the narrative to provide a highly readable and stimulating book authored by one of the top names worldwide in the area.’
– Alex Coad, Waseda Business School, Japan

‘Al Link is a seasoned veteran of the U.S. public-sector technology transfer historical experience. Drawing on that experience and assessing forces shaping future economic and social consequences of federal technology transfer efforts, he has delivered a must-read for policymakers, researchers, and students of the federal role in the nation’s technology transformation.’
– Peter D. Blair, George Mason University, US

‘This new book on public-sector technology transfer is of paramount importance as it addresses a knowledge gap in today''s evolving innovation landscape. The book not only enhances our understanding of how public-sector supported innovations can drive economic growth and societal progress but also provides valuable guidance for policy makers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.’
– Hans Löfsten, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

‘Professor Link has put together a very valuable tome for the students of technology transfer. Not only does he deal with the various avenues and actors in tech transfer but also familiarizes the reader with the historical background and decades of modern legislation. A must read.’
– Nicholas Vonortas, The George Washington University, US
Foreword Paul Zielinski
1 Why public sector technology transfer?
2 Knowledge transfers and technology transfers
3 Context, and an historical trace
4 The Federal Laboratory Consortium
5 Federal laboratory technology transfer mechanisms and metrics
6 Publicly funded small business research programs
7 Knowledge transfers from publicly funded firms
8 Technology transfers from publicly funded firms
9 Knowledge transfers from SBIR mills
10 Concluding statement
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