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What role for social sciences in innovation?: Re-assessing how scientific disciplines contribute to different industries

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  • Caroline Paunov

    (OECD)

  • Sandra Planes-Satorra

    (OECD)

  • Tadanori Moriguchi

    (Japan Patent Office)

Abstract

Knowledge transfer between industry and science is fundamental to innovation. There are important differences across scientific disciplines and sectors of activity in that, for instance, the financial and pharmaceutical sectors have different demands for science inputs. This paper reviews the data sources and associated methodologies available to measure different types of science-industry interaction. It applies these insights to re-assess the contributions of social sciences to industry and the disciplinary needs of the ICT sector. The paper finds that commonly used methodologies fail to shed light on a number of important industry-science interaction channels, and introduce biases in assessing connections. Using new evidence from labour force and university graduate surveys can help to some extent. The paper shows how these additional data allow to better capture the contributions of social scientists and the complexity of disciplinary demands of the digital economy. However, new data sources and methods should be further explored.

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  • Caroline Paunov & Sandra Planes-Satorra & Tadanori Moriguchi, 2017. "What role for social sciences in innovation?: Re-assessing how scientific disciplines contribute to different industries," OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Papers 45, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:stiaac:45-en
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    Keywords

    academic disciplines; industry sectors; information and communication technologies (ICT); innovation; knowledge transfer; review of data sources and associated methodologies; Science-industry linkages; social sciences;

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    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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