Production of Knowledge Revisited: The Impact of Academic Spin-Offs on Public Research Performance in Europe (PROKNOW)
The PROKNOW project aims at analysing the interactions between public research institutions and academic spin-offs focusing on the impact of entrepreneurial and scientific activities on the academic research system. Based upon approaches in organisational sociology, science policy studies and science studies and analyzing the gains and losses of spin-off activities for public research institutions, PROKNOW examines the relevance of public and private forms of knowledge in innovative processes of knowledge production. Academic spin-offs often epitomize innovative forms of knowledge production and are thus an exemplary topic to study innovation processes in the interaction of science, economy and society. PROKNOW proposes a European-wide comparison of research institutions in seven countries, including the three biggest research systems, Germany, France and the UK, the highly innovative systems of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Finland, and the associated candidate country Bulgaria. Institutionally PROKNOW analyses different forms of public sector research institutions, for example university and extra-university institutions. In terms of economic sectors, the project focuses on life sciences, information sciences and nanotechnology. Thus, PROKNOW allows for developing the institutional and organisational conditions for a profitable interaction between public research institutions and academic spinoffs.
PROKNOW Final Conference
Entrepreneurialism as myth and ceremony?
Academic spin-offs, parent institutes, and new opportunities for science policy
21 January 2009, 9:00 to 13:00
at the University Foundation, rue d'Egmont 11 in Brussels, Belgium
The conference addresses both policymakers and researchers in the fields of Higher Education Studies and Science and Technology Studies. To ensure a lively debate, a number of fellow researchers and experts have been invited as speakers and discussants. This, it is hoped, will sharpen the focus of the PROKNOW approach and provide inputs for a further discussion on how this perspective can be fruitfully integrated into policymaking.