Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology

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The Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) was established in 1988 as an independent, self-supporting institute. It is linked to the School of Communication, within the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University. CPROST is an academic centre devoted to policy studies on science, technology, and innovation (STI). CPROST brings together practitioners and scholars to study the interaction of advances in STI, their implementation in the marketplace, and their impacts on community and individual interests.

A Debate on Innovation Surveys

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2005
Abstract: 

This paper provides and evaluation of the process of innovation surveys around the world, and proposes a reframing of the current system around the following conceptual and methodological dichotomies: manufacturing vs. service sectors; private vs. public sectors; high-tech vs low-tech; industrial classification vs clusters; new to the firm vs new to the market; successful vs. unsuccessful firms; and managers vs. line innovators.

Document type: 
Report

Quantifying the Vancouver Biotech Cluster

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

This paper addresses indicators of the performance of the Vancouver human health biotechnology cluster.

Document type: 
Other

Drinking Water Policy

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

This research looks at the attitudes and perceptions surrounding drinking water in British Columbia and Alberta.

Document type: 
Other

An Analysis of Industrial Clusters in Burnaby

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

This report presents the findings of the analysis of industrial clusters in Burnaby. The report provides an overview of cluster theory, provides an analysis of clusters within Burnaby, and draws conclusions based on this analysis.

Document type: 
Report

Research Funding by City: An Indicator of Regional Technological Competitiveness

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

Research and development (R&D) expenditures are an important input to the development of intellectual property and human capital in an economy. This paper explores the way peer-reviewed funds are distributed in a nation whose economy is based on a number of different regional economies.

Document type: 
Report

A Debate on Innovation Surveys

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

This paper provides an evaluation of the process of innovation surveys around the world, and proposes a reframing of the current system around the following conceptual and methodological dichotomies: manufacturing vs. service sectors; private vs. public sectors; high-tech vs low-tech; industrial classification vs clusters; new to the firm vs new to the market; successful vs. unsuccessful firms; and managers vs. line innovators.

Document type: 
Report
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Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Energy Development in British Columbia: Policy Instruments to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Provincial Electricity Sector

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

This report identifies and discusses some potential policy instruments for increasing the generation of electricity from small and medium scale renewable energy sources. It focuses upon potential tools and challenges to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also evaluate some of the key recommendations from environmental groups through a literature review and interviews with representatives from the provincial and federal governments and BC Hydro.

Document type: 
Report
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Senior supervisor: 
Anderson, R.
Holbrook, J. A.

Surviving Spin-offs as a Measure of Research Funding Effectiveness

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

Companies spun-off from university laboratories that commercialize intellectual property are significant drivers of innovation in Canada, where spin-offs are created at a much higher rate per research dollar than in the U.S. This paper is based on data from nine Canadian universities active in technology transfer on the spin-offs they created between 1995 and 2003.

Document type: 
Report
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The Innovation System Research Network (ISRN): A Canadian Experiment in Knowledge Management

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

This paper looks at the creation and function of the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN), which is a collaborative Canadian initiative to undertake and disseminate research results concerning the diverse nature of regional and local innovation systems across the country.

Document type: 
Report
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Trade and Innovation Performance of Mexico after NAFTA

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

The main argument of this paper is that the missing link between trade liberalization and high growth rates in Mexico has been the absence of innovation from firms. This hypothesis builds on a growing body of research which shows the relationship of the capacity to innovate, particularly in the private sector, with economic growth and productivity improvements. This means that constant underinvestment in R&D, rather than just being a problem resulting in low levels of innovation output (such as patenting) is a barrier to achieving sustained economic growth.

Document type: 
Report
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