Title: Shifting S&T policy paradigm: an experience of an RTO in Thailand

Authors: Patarapong Intarakumnerd, Pun-Arj Chairatana

Addresses: National Science and Technology Development Agency, 73/1 Rama VI Road, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand. ' NOVISCAPE Consulting, 54/57 Sathorn Condo Place, Yen Arkart, Thung Mahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Abstract: This paper portrays an attempt of a Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) in a latecomer country, Thailand, in changing its own strategic direction from a dominant |knowledge creator| to a |knowledge broker| in an industrial cluster. A positive transformation in a national innovation system, in which an RTO is operating, can facilitate and even pressure an RTO to change. An RTO itself also has to make a considerable effort to break away from their path dependency. |Learning by forgetting| is as important as |learning to accumulate| new competencies, otherwise the existing |core competencies| can turn to be |core rigidities|.

Keywords: research and technology organisations; RTOs; developing countries; Thailand; knowledge creators; knowledge brokers; science and technology policy; industry clusters; innovation systems; learning by forgetting; learning to accumulate; core competencies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTG.2008.018959

International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 2008 Vol.4 No.2, pp.121 - 138

Available online: 26 Jun 2008 *

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