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Title: The Achilles heel of a strong private knowledge sector: evidence from Israel
Authors: Rubin, Tzameret H.
Peled, Dan
Bental, Benjamin
Keywords: Knowledge transfer
Innovation policy
R&D
Universities R&D
Applied research
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Future Technology Press
Citation: RUBIN, T.H., PELED, D. and BENTAL, B., 2014. The Achilles heel of a strong private knowledge sector: evidence from Israel. The Journal of Innovation Impact, 7 (1), pp. 80 - 99.
Abstract: Scientific research in universities is a critical and powerful component of knowledge creation for any society. However, for a country like Israel, one with no resources but its human capital – and that faces constant regional instability - scientific research is crucial for its existence. Historically, there was a fundamental understanding that in such a small country only universities can ensure viable, profound and high-calibre research, by critical mass of human capital and by optimising its resources. In this study, we look at the role of Israeli research universities in the National R&D System, why Israel is unique in its R&D structure, and how that structure is related to the universities' roles. We found that, despite Israel's outstanding ranking, in comparison to other OECD countries, for its R&D inputs and outputs, the Israeli universities' R&D output – measured in patents – is highly volatile and mostly affected by the country's strong business sector. This finding has implications regarding the strengthening of specific fields of research and the discussion about the role of universities in conducting applied vs basic research.
Description: This article was published in InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact and the definitive version is also available at: http://nimbusvault.net/publications/koala/inimpact/papers/inkt14-011.pdf
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23121
Publisher Link: http://nimbusvault.net/publications/koala/inimpact/papers/inkt14-011.pdf
ISSN: 2051-6002
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