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Effectiveness of technology transfer in public research institutions in South Africa: a critical review of national indicators and implications for future measurement

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dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-07T11:15:08Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-07T11:15:08Z
dc.date.issued 2021-06-07 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16054
dc.description.abstract South Africa's poor economic performance in recent years has prompted calls by policymakers for structural transformation. To break the impasse, a stronger focus on innovation is one strategy the country has articulated through a new White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation. Writing from this policy context, we adapt the revised contingent effectiveness model of technology transfer by including indigenous knowledge as a transfer object and emphasizes citizen needs and reparations as part of the demand environment, and appropriation as a transfer medium. Analytically, our use of this adaptation is to critically reflect on the typology of indicators produced in the first South African national survey of intellectual property and technology transfer at publicly financed research institutions. We find the dimension of least representation but presumably greatest significance in the typology is that of 'public value'. Our contention is that the output-based and commercially-biased indicators of technology transfer activity, which predominate in the typology, are insufficient to inform decision-making on technology transfer policy in a context of profound national socio-economic challenges and deep historical legacies of indigenous knowledge misappropriation. Broader evaluation data would form a richer, more inclusive evidence-base to inform new investments, as well as ongoing policy assessment, at both institutional and national level. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS en
dc.subject TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER en
dc.subject RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) en
dc.subject INNOVATION en
dc.subject TRANSFORMATION en
dc.title Effectiveness of technology transfer in public research institutions in South Africa: a critical review of national indicators and implications for future measurement en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume April en
dc.BudgetYear 2021/22 en
dc.ResearchGroup Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators en
dc.SourceTitle African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development en
dc.ArchiveNumber 12001 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 11153 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mustapha, N. & Ralphs, G. (2021) Effectiveness of technology transfer in public research institutions in South Africa: a critical review of national indicators and implications for future measurement . <i>African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development</i>. April:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2021 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mustapha, N. en
dc.contributor.author2 Ralphs, G. en


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