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Information technology research in the UK: perspectives on services research and development, and systems of innovation


  • Jeremy Howells
  • Bruce Tether
  • Deborah Cox
  • John Rigby


This paper reports on a survey of information technology (IT) research and development (R&D) in the UK, representing around two-thirds of the total population of IT R&D employees in the UK private and public sectors. The firm-level survey identified that the UK is particularly strong in communications R&D, and in the internet, user applications software, middle-ware, photonic components and microelectronics. More especially, services R&D in the form of systems and software R&D accounted for well over half the total R&D effort within the surveyed IT firms and organisations. The paper concludes by exploring some of the key conceptual and policy issues arising from the research. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

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  • Jeremy Howells & Bruce Tether & Deborah Cox & John Rigby, 2006. "Information technology research in the UK: perspectives on services research and development, and systems of innovation," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 33(1), pages 17-31, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:33:y:2006:i:1:p:17-31

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