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Changing the policy on government-industry cooperative R&D arrangements: lessons from the US effort

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This paper examines the recent attempt by the USA to imitate the organising approaches used in four industrialised countries (France, Germany, UK and Japan) in an effort to spur on technological innovation and collaboration, and to develop closer working relationships between the US federal government and US corporations. Our analysis finds that the USA has been only marginally successful in mimicking the foreign organisational arrangements. We discuss the lessons learned from this example for understanding changes in technology policy and for institutional theory.

Keywords: R&, D, government policy, international technology transfer

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