Title: Towards a university agenda on engineering policy and the management of technology

Authors: Pedro Conceicao, Manuel Heitor

Addresses: Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract: In view of the current socio-economic context, in which innovation is a key driving force for sustainable development, which challenges are facing Technical Universities to enhance and nurture innovation and better contribute to help developing and exploiting engineering, science and technology? This broad question has motivated the work behind the present paper, which considers the development of university research and education on engineering policy and the management of technology to complement current engineering disciplines. It is argued that these areas represent an emerging engineering discipline, which helps in promoting learning trajectories for the inclusive development of society, but also contributes to for the use of new metrics for knowledge. The analysis builds on the experience of developing post-graduate education in engineering policy and the management of technology at the Instituto Superior Tecnico of the Technical University of Lisbon, in a context much influenced by a dynamic of change and a necessary balance between the creation and diffusion of knowledge.

Keywords: engineering policy; management of technology; innovation; technological change.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2001.001754

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2001 Vol.1 No.2, pp.195-227

Published online: 18 Aug 2003 *

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