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Shifting S&T policy paradigm: an experience of an RTO in Thailand

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This paper portrays an attempt of a Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) in a latecomer country, Thailand, in changing its own strategic direction from a dominant 'knowledge creator' to a 'knowledge broker' in an industrial cluster. A positive transformation in a national innovation system, in which an RTO is operating, can facilitate and even pressure an RTO to change. An RTO itself also has to make a considerable effort to break away from their path dependency. 'Learning by forgetting' is as important as 'learning to accumulate' new competencies, otherwise the existing 'core competencies' can turn to be 'core rigidities'.

Keywords: research and technology organisations, RTOs, developing countries, Thailand, knowledge creators, knowledge brokers, science and technology policy, industry clusters, innovation systems, learning by forgetting, learning to accumulate, core competencies

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