Interdisciplinary policy research in independent research centers
|Author(s):||W. S. Baer|
|Sponsor(s):||IEEE Technology Management Council|
|Publisher:||IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.|
|Publication Date:||1 May 1976|
|Page(s):||74 - 78|
The growth of independent research centers after World War II reflected the federal government's concern for defense-related research and policy studies. These centers had more independence than government laboratories; greater emphasis on interdisciplinary, policy-oriented research than universities; and fewer conflicts of interest than industrial laboratories. The same factors carry over to interdisciplinary policy research in nondefense fields. The major problems of managing interdisciplinary team, selecting and motivating project leaders, maximizing institutional support, selecting the right projects and clients, and linking research to policy-making.