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Running The Marathon

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  • William Cowan
  • Robin Cowan
  • Patrick Llerena

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Over the twentieth century universities in the industrialized world have evolved from being "universities of culture" to "universities of innovation." Policy makers and universities themselves see that one of their major roles is supporting industrial innovation and thus economic growth. We argue that this rests on a mis-cconception of the nature of innovation and the value of universities. We argue that a more appropriate function for this institution is as the "university of reflection" where scholarship and truth-seeking are the ultimate goals.
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  • William Cowan & Robin Cowan & Patrick Llerena, 2008. "Running The Marathon," Working Papers of BETA 2008-10, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:ulp:sbbeta:2008-10
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    • William B. Cowan & Robin Cowan & Patrick Llerena, 2009. "Running the Marathon," Chapters,in: Learning to Compete in European Universities, chapter 11 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    • Cowan, William & Cowan, Robin & Llerena, Patrick, 2008. "Running The Marathon," MERIT Working Papers 014, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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    1. J. Stanley Metcalfe, 2009. "University and Business Relations: Connecting the Knowledge Economy," Working Papers wp395, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.

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    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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