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The many ways of academic researchers : How is science made useful?

Jacobsson, Staffan; Vico, Eugenia Perez LU and Hellsmark, Hans (2014) In Science and Public Policy 41(5). p.641-657
Abstract
In assessing the performance of academic research, there is a growing interest in combining excellence with impact criteria. A frequently encountered belief is that impact should be understood in terms of new firms and patents. Others argue that academic R&D generates impacts that greatly exceed such commercialization efforts by academic researchers. The tension between these two beliefs reveals a risk that the criteria for assessing the impact of academic R&D, including criteria for allocating performance-based funding, may neglect vital aspects of how science is made useful. With insights gained from a comprehensive analysis of a well-reputed academic body, Chalmers Energy Initiative, we address this risk with the aim of... (More)
In assessing the performance of academic research, there is a growing interest in combining excellence with impact criteria. A frequently encountered belief is that impact should be understood in terms of new firms and patents. Others argue that academic R&D generates impacts that greatly exceed such commercialization efforts by academic researchers. The tension between these two beliefs reveals a risk that the criteria for assessing the impact of academic R&D, including criteria for allocating performance-based funding, may neglect vital aspects of how science is made useful. With insights gained from a comprehensive analysis of a well-reputed academic body, Chalmers Energy Initiative, we address this risk with the aim of contributing to the eventual design of an evidence-based science policy with appropriate evaluation routines. (Less)
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science policy, energy research, Sweden, usefulness of science
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Science and Public Policy
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41
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5
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17 pages
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Oxford University Press
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1471-5430
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10.1093/scipol/sct088
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  abstract     = {In assessing the performance of academic research, there is a growing interest in combining excellence with impact criteria. A frequently encountered belief is that impact should be understood in terms of new firms and patents. Others argue that academic R&D generates impacts that greatly exceed such commercialization efforts by academic researchers. The tension between these two beliefs reveals a risk that the criteria for assessing the impact of academic R&D, including criteria for allocating performance-based funding, may neglect vital aspects of how science is made useful. With insights gained from a comprehensive analysis of a well-reputed academic body, Chalmers Energy Initiative, we address this risk with the aim of contributing to the eventual design of an evidence-based science policy with appropriate evaluation routines.},
  author       = {Jacobsson, Staffan and Vico, Eugenia Perez and Hellsmark, Hans},
  issn         = {1471-5430},
  keyword      = {science policy,energy research,Sweden,usefulness of science},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {641--657},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Science and Public Policy},
  title        = {The many ways of academic researchers : How is science made useful?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scipol/sct088},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2014},
}