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.

Examining Gender Bias in Studies of Innovation

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2003
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This paper examines the presence of a gender bias in studies of innovation. Using the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) and its interview guide as a case study, this research project examines how accurately and completely such innovation studies present gender differences in the innovation process.

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Technology Transfer at Canadian Universities: Fiscal Year 2001 Update

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2003
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This report is an extension of Clayman's original May 29, 2003 report entitled Technology Transfer at Canadian Universities: Fiscal Year 2001 Update. It incorporates and analyzes data from Licensing Surveys by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) on performance indicators of technology transfer in Fiscal Years (FY) 1991 through 2001.

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Innovation in the Federal Public Service

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2003
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This report uses a case study to suggest a new research framework that will challenge existing perceptions about the nature of innovation in the government “enterprise” and lead to further interdisciplinary lines of research.

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The Biotechnology Cluster in Vancouver

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Date created: 
2003
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There is a strong biotechnology cluster in Vancouver yet there is no major manufacturing facility. The Vancouver cluster is unlike other biotech clusters in that its output is solely intellectual property. This ongoing study not only examines the usual structure of a cluster, but also will focus on the issue of intellectual environment, and seek to determine whether a strong cluster can be built without the presence of a large, globally-competitive, manufacturer.

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Regional Innovation Systems Within a Federation: Do National Policies Affect all Regions Equally

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Date created: 
2003
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This paper is an initial result of research being carried out through the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN). The ISRN cluster project results should contribute to the development of a theoretical insight on regional innovations systems (RIS) and clusters. The purpose of this discussion is to test the proposition that the Canadian national innovation systems (NIS) are greater than the sum of its component RIS.

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A “Hands-on” Approach to Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

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Date created: 
2003
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This report discussed the importance of studying science, technology and innovation policy, and looks at how CPROST contributes to the field of STI research. 

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The 1994 Federal Science and Technology Review

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Date created: 
2002
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Using content analysis on transcripts and notes from the meetings, official reports from the government, interviews with stakeholders involved in the review and letters received by the government during the Science and Technology Review in 1994, this study gleaned some quantitative data from largely qualitative sources. The result is a portrait of the review that traced sources of ideas from regional meetings in 1994 through the internal review to the final reports published in 1996.

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The Link between Innovation and the Use of Human Resources in BC Enterprises

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Date created: 
2000
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This research finds that firms serving non-metropolitan regional markets tend to have low exports, relying on suppliers and customers as sources of innovation. These firms import knowledge to a region. On the other hand, firms serving transnational markets export products or services beyond their regional or national milieu, and rely on internal R&D as a source of innovation.

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A Guide for Data Collection on Technological Innovation: Extracts from the OECD “Oslo Manual”, 2nd Edition, 1996

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Date created: 
2000
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This document has been prepared to provide a shorter version of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guide for data collection on technological innovation, otherwise known as the “Oslo Manual”, for use by researchers.

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Innovation and the Management of Human Resources

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Date created: 
2000
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Regional innovation clusters are the building blocks of the Canadian national system of innovation. But in the knowledge-based economy, where knowledge, embedded in the training of the human capital of the innovative firm is the primary resource for the innovative firms. This paper addresses the question: What is the relationship between the innovative behavior of the firm and the way it manages its human resources?

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