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New Australian Innovation Research and Policy Centre.

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28 February 2001            01/074 

NEW AUSTRALIAN INNOVATION RESEARCH AND POLICY CENTRE  A new university program aimed at consolidating Australian innovation research and analysis and addressing innovation issues was launched today by the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin. 

The Australian National University's Innovation Management and Policy Program will research, teach and consult on innovation management and policy. It will have links to several international organisations.  

"It is very exciting to see the Australian National University taking such a proactive step to expand the knowledge base of research and development and innovation," Senator Minchin said. 

"There is a critical need for innovation think-tanks in Australia and this initiative will provide a valuable contribution to informed policy debate on innovation." 

The Innovation Management and Policy Program will be led by executive director Professor Mark Dodgson, who has studied, taught and researched innovation for more than 25 years in more than 30 countries. 

"The Government's recently announced innovation action plan, Backing Australia's Ability, clearly shows innovation is a fundamental driver of business competitiveness and economic growth," Senator Minchin said. 

"Initiatives such as the Innovation Management and Policy Program will not only raise awareness of innovation as a critical issue, but have the capacity to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the innovation system and improve business innovation processes and technology strategies. 

"I hope the program establishes itself as world-class centre of excellence in innovation management. A world-class innovation centre will attract the best international people and researchers and accesses and produce data from leading sources of innovation expertise." 

Senator Minchin said the program had the potential to raise public awareness about innovation, including its benefits and obstacles. "Research findings on domestic and international innovation systems and strategies to encourage firm interaction in the innovation system would be particularly useful," he said. 

The Minister encouraged the program to explore issues including the commercialisation of university and public sector research and the necessary processes for unlocking public sector research which could be commercialised.  

The Innovation Management and Policy Program will have links with the University of Sussex; the Stockholm School of Economics; the Fraunhofer Institute for Innovation in Germany; and the Anderson School of Business at the University of California.  

The program will be run through the National Graduate School of Management, which has a research and training focus on international business, strategy and technological innovation. 

Contact:  Jennifer Eddy, Senator Minchin's office, 02 6277 7580

    Tricia Berman, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, 02 6213 7444


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