Measuring the Social Value of Innovation

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-12
  • Publisher: Jai

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Research universities have historically been and continue to be the production sites of knowledge and discoveries with the potential for improving myriads of societal, ecological, and economical conditions. There exists a related, established argument that the transfer of knowledge and technology from campus laboratories to society creates a greater social return on public, private, and state investments made in university research. However, no models cpable of forecasting and/or demonstrating the social and ecological gains made through university knowledge transfer have been institutionalized across the higher education field. This volume presents a series of perspectives that evaluate the merits of and potential for establishing institutionalized social valuation protocols within university settings. The volume opens with a comprehensive overview of te existing literature that addresses issues related to assessing the social value of university innovations. The first section provides sociological, organizational, and economic perspectives on issues informing the forecasting and/or demonstrating the social value of university innovations. The second section explores potential matrics and measures for eiter forecasting or demonstrating the social and economic value of university innovations. The third section concludes by considering issues of governance over and the organizational position of institutionalized protocols for forecasting and demonstrating the social and economic value of university innovations within the academy. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Toward Measuring the Social and Economic Value of University Innovation: A Survey of the Literaturep. 1
Demonstrating Social and Economic Value of Individual Innovations: The Benefits to the Institution and the Individual Innovator
Normative Change in Science: From Enterpreneurial Science to Social Enterpreneurshipp. 29
Toward Open Source Nano: Arsenic Removal and Alternative Models of Technology Transferp. 51
Measures, Metrics, and Myopia: The Challenges and Ramifications of Sustaining Academic Enterpreneurshipp. 79
Tracking the Placement of Students as a Measure of Technology Transferp. 113
Exploring Metrics and Measures for Demonstrating the Social and Economic Value of Individual Innovations
Measuring the Social Value of Innovation: The Cases of Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank and Bill Gates, Microsoftp. 143
Evaluating the Social Returns to Innovation: An Application to University Technology Transferp. 171
The Value of an Individual Innovation: When Ownership of Complementary Inventions is Fragmentedp. 189
Implications of Pilot Program Development with Intent to Transfer to Other Insititutions
The State Role in Enterpreneurship and Economic Development: Governance, Oversight, and Public University Start-Up Innovationp. 215
Housing the Measurement of University Innovations Social Value: Organizational Site, Professional Perspective, Insitutional Outlookp. 237
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