TIK9024 - Research, Innovation and Impact

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In the late 1970s it became apparent that new high technology firms seemed to cluster around leading research universities such as MIT and Stanford in the US and Cambridge in the UK. Research in such organisations as well as in public labs seemed to be a major force in the electronics and ICT revolutions. The OECD became interested and published an influential report, Industry and University in 1984, urging universities to get engaged in science parks, technology transfer and industry collaboration more broadly.

Since then the interest in how research organisations contribute to innovation and other forms of societal impacts has exploded. Policymakers have pushed for increased commercialisation from science and improved linkages between universities and industry, and they have called upon public research to contribute to solving society’s grand challenges.

Although the interest in the utility of public science may be as old as science policy itself, the last decades represent a stronger belief in building a support structure around utility value and making this a more explicit demand to publicly funded research. Empirical investigations, particularly on academic entrepreneurship and university-industry linkages, have emerged hand in hand with the policy interests in these topics; they have become increasingly sophisticated and inspired new theoretical approaches and introduced theoretical concepts from neighbouring fields into research, technology and innovation studies.

This course will look more closely at different aspects of how public research contributes to innovation and the broader societal impacts of investment in scientific knowledge. What do we mean when we talk about public research? How and why does it matter for innovation and impact in industry and in society? How can this be studies empirically? Is there a way to resolve the many contested issues emerging at the intersection between entrepreneurship, science and innovation policy?

Learning outcome

The students will become acquainted with classic and recent perspectives on the relationship between research and innovation. The course will also address theoretical and empirical perspectives on academic entrepreneurship, university-industry linkages and research impact studies. We will design the course as a combination of traditional lectures, exercises, student presentations and group discussions.

The aim is furthermore that the course should encompass perspectives and theories that can be useful as frameworks and methodological reflections for PhD work. We do not assume that students are specialists in the area, but that their PhD topic may include an element of the link between research and innovation.

Admission

Admission to a PhD programme is required for participation in this course, preferably in one of the NORSI partner institutions. Other candidates can be accepted by application to the course coordinator.

Applicants are to submit:

  • the application form
  • a short outline of their PhD project
  • a letter of confirmation regarding candidacy within a PhD programme.

UiO students must also apply in Studentweb.

Please submit your application via email to Lene Angelskår.

Deadline for application: October 27th 2017

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to a PhD programme is required for participation in this course.

Teaching

Thi is a 1-week intensive course. Each day will have a mixture of theoretical lectures, discussions, student presentations and possibly some link with practice or some exercises oriented at doing a small-scale empirical work, writing a short blog post or similar.

All students will be expected to read the course literature before attending. They will also be required to present one article/book chapter/contribution each, and to participate actively in group discussions.

Time: November 27th - December 3rd 2017.

Place: Blindern Campus, Harriet Holter Building, seminar room 140.

 

Examination

A term paper of 15-25 pages is required in addition to active participation in the lecture week. The evaluation will be based on participation in the seminar and the quality of the term paper.

Grade: Pass/fail. Paper will be due in January 2018.

Transcript from the course is attainable through studentweb at the University of Oslo website. All candidates accepted for admission will be registered as guest students at UiO. Studentweb is then accessible with your date of birth and Norwegian ID-number and a PIN-code issued at your admission to the course. Please contact Lene Angelskår with any practical questions regarding admission and transcripts.

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Credits

8

Level

PhD

Teaching

Autumn 2017: November 27th - December 3rd.

Examination

January 2018

Teaching language

English