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Industrial R&D Laboratories: Windows on Black Boxes?

In: Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield

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  • James D. Adams

    (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

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This paper provides an overview of the survey-based literature on industrial Research and Development (R&D) laboratories, beginning with the work of Edwin Mansfield. Topics covered include R&D projects, new products, and new processes; the appropriability of intellectual property; the limits of the firm in R&D; and spillovers of knowledge from other firms and universities into the laboratories. I discuss the value of collecting information from industrial R&D managers, who participate in a wide range of R&D decisions and are the natural best source of information on these decisions. I also emphasize gaps in our knowledge concerning R&D from past studies, such as the private and social returns to R&D, the nature of firms’ R&D portfolios, and other topics. The paper closes with a discussion of the benefits from building a national database on R&D laboratories that could be shared among researchers and that could take this area of research to a new and higher level of achievement.

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  • James D. Adams, 2005. "Industrial R&D Laboratories: Windows on Black Boxes?," Springer Books, in: Albert N. Link & F. M. Scherer (ed.), Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield, pages 99-107, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-0-387-25022-9_8
    DOI: 10.1007/0-387-25022-0_8
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    1. Heyman Fredrik & Tingvall Patrik Gustavsson, 2015. "The Dynamics of Offshoring and Institutions," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 15(4), pages 1975-2016, October.
    2. Stephan Hess & Roland Y. Siegwart, 2014. "Evaluation of Open Innovation with R&D Alliances for Breakthrough Technologies in the Energy Sector," Business and Management Research, Business and Management Research, Sciedu Press, vol. 3(2), pages 123-137, June.
    3. Stephan Hess & Roland Siegwart, 2013. "R&D Venture: proposition of a technology transfer concept for breakthrough technologies with R&D cooperation: A case study in the energy sector," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 38(2), pages 153-179, April.

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