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Title


The Business of Science - Some Theoretical Considerations when Studying the Interaction between Science and Business

Authors


Susanne Åberg
Uppsala University
Sweden
Susanne Åberg

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.

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Abstract


This paper provides an outline for a theoretical framework aimed at studying and analysing the interaction between science and business. The paper draws on two different areas of research, 1) Science, Technology and Society studies (STS), and 2) the industrial network approach as presented within the IMP community. Since this paper is part of a study of the interaction between a particle physics laboratory (CERN) and industry, the empirical examples given come from this area, but the main focus is on theory.The paper provides three (tentative) conclusions: 1) that there are strong similarities between the constructivist STS perspective and the IMP approach, which makes it interesting to combine the areas, 2) that it is useful to differentiate between different kinds of resources when studying interaction between science and business, and 3) that when studying interaction, it becomes less useful to differentiate between technological development and technology transfer.