Implementing National Innovation Policies Through Private Decisionmaking

  • Alden S. Bean
  • Norman R. Baker
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It is clear that the national debate of the 1970s concerning the proper role of the federal government in industrial innovation has abated, at least for now. Current policy favours direct government support of basic research and of very large-scale, high-risk development projects, such as fusion power. It embraces applied research, development and technological innovation as essential elements of economic growth and development, but rejects an enhanced federal presence. Instead, it provides additional incentives for industrial R & D and innovation, and looks to the marketplace for the events and forces which will shape and focus industrial R & D programmes and their commercial applications. Some of the elements of this policy were questioned and disputed by public interest groups. Coping with these disputed issues will increase the complexity of the already difficult task that is entrusted to the nation’s industrial R & D executives and their management colleagues. The purpose of this chapter is to review possible sources of conflict between the role R & D management has in serving the economic needs of the corporation and its role in implementing innovation policy in the public interest.


Public Interest Policy Initiative Innovation Policy Harvard Business Review Industrial Innovation 
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  • Alden S. Bean
  • Norman R. Baker

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