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
Volume: EM-23
Page(s): 74 - 78
ISSN (Paper): 0018-9391
ISSN (Online): 1558-0040
DOI: 10.1109/TEM.1976.6447157



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.