Academic Catalog


Course Code: 8310545
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(0-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: Science And Technology Policy Studies
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. MEHMET TEOMAN PAMUKCU
Offered Semester: Fall and Spring Semesters.

Course Content

The transfer of technology and knowledge to different stakeholders of innovation systems is an important policy issue, which requires public intervention. The main rationale behind this intervention is to address market failures dealing with incomplete markets for technology and IP transfer, as well as systemic failures at regional, national and global systems of innovation which may be related not only to the institutional problems but also weak networking and linkages between different actors involved in the supply and demand of knowledge and technology. Policy instruments in this context aims to facilitate the knowledge and technology transfer and their commercialization through a number of means such as supporting research and private sector interactions, developing innovative clusters, improving regulations to support IPR commercialization, promoting innovative public procurement, and funding start-ups and spin-offs.
The concept of knowledge and technology transfer has become a central focal point in the enterprise system as well with the rise of the concept of open innovation. As described by
Chesbrough, `open innovation is a new paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology `. Although initially promoted as a business-driven phenomenon, open innovation is now a central point in knowledge and technology transfer policies, as it requires firms to search and acquire know-how and IPR from universities, research institutions and other firms.