Monthly Archives: December 2013

Ten Reasons Why Deans and Provosts Should Support Freedom to Innovate

Freedom to innovate policies limit the manner in which universities and other non-profit organizations claim ownership of intellectual property developed in the research and instructional programs they host. These limitations, far from being adverse to institutional interests, promote a creative, … Continue reading

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Adam Smith’s Innovation by Division of Labor

Daniel Kahneman in Thinking, Fast and Slow describes what he calls “What You See Is All There Is”: The combination of a coherence-seeking System 1 with a lazy System 2 implies that System 2 will endorse many intuitive beliefs, which … Continue reading

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Misunderstandings of Bayh-Dole

Sean O’Connor has written a well documented and argued article regarding the history of the Bayh-Dole Act and what he argues is a flaw in government reasoning regarding assignment practices for inventions that arises from a report written in 1947 … Continue reading

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Is more and more research spending the answer?

Battelle is out with a new study forecasting “Global R&D Funding” for 2014.  The report covers countries and various areas of research such as biotech and energy.  The findings are rather bland–the US will spend $465 billion next year on … Continue reading

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The Woody Guthrie Public License

Kevin Carson wrote a book a few years ago called Organizational Theory:  A Libertarian Perspective. In it, he develops a number of concepts that ought to be central to university thinking about research and innovation.  Carson picks up on Ronald Coase‘s question–if … Continue reading

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