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Social effects of joint R&D: the role of learning and accumulation of capacities

Vladimiro Verre (Instituto de Industria, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Los Polvorines, Argentina and Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (CIECTI), Caba, Argentina)
Darío Milesi (Instituto de Industria, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Los Polvorines, Argentina and Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (CIECTI), Caba, Argentina)
Natalia Petelski (Instituto de Industria, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Los Polvorines, Argentina)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 19 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Joint research is pointed out by the literature as a potentially virtuous cooperation scheme to generate learning in the public sphere and beneficial effects in society. The purpose of this study, based on the Argentine experience in the COVID-19 pandemic, is to analyze the network of capacities, relationships and effects generated, over time, by a series of projects financed by the State in 2010, to clarify the link between learning effects and social effects.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative methodology focused on the multiple case study method was used. Each case covers joint R&D projects financed 10 years ago by the state that subsequently led to different solutions for COVID-19.

Findings

The work identifies a public learning process that integrates both industry’s contributions and the intellectual dimension of economic benefits and their translation into specific capabilities; conceptualizes the capacities accumulation process as a multiplier of social effects (direct and indirect) that emerge as knowledge is reused; identifies the articulation between different schemes as a condition for learning effects and social effects to manifest over time.

Originality/value

An aspect not studied in the literature is addressed, the relationship between the learning process induced by joint research, in terms of capabilities, and the social effects specifically generated over time. This is taking place in a context, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, where calls from the scientific and academic community to promote science–industry cooperation are multiplying.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Vanesa Baldino (FONARSEC) for her support in accessing information about the projects and the researchers who agreed to participate in the interviews and answered their questions.

Citation

Verre, V., Milesi, D. and Petelski, N. (2022), "Social effects of joint R&D: the role of learning and accumulation of capacities", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-01-2022-0010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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