Business-Academia-Government Collaboration in Developing Human Resources in Science and Technology: Lessons from the Case of Britain

Author Name GOTO Akira  (Faculty Fellow, RIETI) /Lee WOOLGAR  (Visiting Researcher, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)
Creation Date/NO. May 2005 05-P-002
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Japanese industry has finally emerged from the prolonged economic slump and, partly helped by expanded tax incentives, companies have begun to accelerate research on and development of future technologies. In order to achieve this goal, Japan needs to secure and develop human resources for R&D. In this paper, we examine Britain's approach to the development of human resources through cooperation among business, government and academia, which has been praised as the "best practice" of its kind. Then, drawing on the case of Britain, we explore policy measures for developing human resources in science and technology which also promote technology transfer from universities to industry via people, thereby laying a foundation for competitiveness.