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Management of Basic Research and Development: Lessons from the Australian Experience


Hanson, DJ and Steen, JT and O'Donohue, W, Management of Basic Research and Development: Lessons from the Australian Experience, Prometheus, 17, (2) pp. 187-197. ISSN 0810-9028 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/08109029908629549


Management of science and related basic research and development by the state is not a new phenomenon. In this paper it is argued, on the basis of recent Australian experience, that the conventional approach which assumes that the research community is a simple system is deeply flawed. Specifically, it is argued that any pattern of government funding which assumes linear relationships between funding and scientific outputs is unlikely to be productive. Further, it is suggested that a quantitative approach to research management is counter-productive to innovation. A range of ideas is used in developing a more productive set of policies for basic research and development.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Hanson, DJ (Dr Dallas Hanson)
UTAS Author:Steen, JT (Dr John Steen)
UTAS Author:O'Donohue, W (Dr Wayne O'Donohue)
ID Code:15787
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2009-11-06

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