TIK9024 – Research, Innovation and Impact

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Course programme 2019

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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?

Research and Innovation

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. 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.

University-industry linkages

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. The course aims to present and discuss literature from different conceptual traditions and with empirical data from different countries.

Learning outcome

The students will become acquainted with classic and recent perspectives on the relationship between research and innovation. The course will also address 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. 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 or have a science/innovation policy framing.


Admission to a PhD programme is normally required for participation in this course. Priority is given to applicants from NORSI partner institutions. Other candidates such as early stage postdoc researchers and specialised final stage master students can be accepted. It will also be possible for practitioners from science policy agencies and similar to attend the lectures and possibly other parts of the course. Please contact the course administrator for details.

How to apply

Applicants must use the online application form.

Please note that you will be asked to upload:

  • A short motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • Proof of enrollment in a PhD programme/Master programme.

Deadline for application: November 20th 2019. 

UiO students must also apply in Studentweb.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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


This is a 1-week intensive course. Each day will have a combination of lectures and other types of organised learning.

All students will be expected to read the course literature before attending. They will also be required to make one presentation themselves and to participate actively in group discussions.

Autumn 2019:

Time: December 2-6th.

Place: Blindern Campus, Georg Sverdrup Building, 3rd floor, "Grupperom 1".



A term paper of 5000-10000 words 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 after the winter break (most likely end of January 2020).

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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Autumn 2019: December 2-6.


January 2020

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