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Revising the definition of research and development in the light of the specificities of services

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  • Faridah Djellal

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    (CLERSE - Centre lillois d'études et de recherches sociologiques et économiques - CNRS - Université Lille 1 - Sciences et technologies)

  • D. Francoz
  • Camal Gallouj

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    (CLERSE - Centre lillois d'études et de recherches sociologiques et économiques - CNRS - Université Lille 1 - Sciences et technologies)

  • Faïz Gallouj

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    (CLERSE - Centre lillois d'études et de recherches sociologiques et économiques - CNRS - Université Lille 1 - Sciences et technologies)

  • Y. Jacquin

Research and development (R&D) is underestimated in services. This article combines deductive and inductive approaches to formulate a new definition of R&D. The proposed revision does not fundamentally alter the structure of the current OECD definition, which is only marginally amended by making explicit certain implicit or insufficiently highlighted characteristics. In particular, it emphasises the importance of the social sciences and humanities and of design and development or organisational engineering, the composite nature of projects, and so on. Our objective is to attain a certain ‘psychological’ threshold that would mark our emancipation from the inertia of the still dominant industrialist and technologist approaches. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

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Date of creation: 2003
Publication status: Published in Science and public policy, 2003, 30 (6), pp.415-430
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00006723
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  1. Hill, T P, 1977. "On Goods and Services," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 23(4), pages 315-338, December.
  2. Faïz Gallouj, 2002. "Innovation in the service economy: the new wealth of nations," Post-Print halshs-00198409, HAL.
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