Public Sector Entrepreneurship: U.S. Technology and Innovation Policy

ISBN : 9780199313853

Dennis Patrick Leyden; Albert N. Link
264 Pages
162 x 242 mm
Pub date
Mar 2015
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Public sector entrepreneurship refers to innovative public policy initiatives that generate greater economic prosperity. These initiatives can transform a status quo economic environment into one that is more conducive to economic units engaging in creative and innovative activities in the face of uncertainty. Public Sector Entrepreneurship traces the historical development of the concepts of private and public sector entrepreneurship and their connection to the separate notions of risk and uncertainty. Based on a formal conceptualization of these notions, the book illustrates throughout public sector entrepreneurship in practice using examples from U.S. technology and innovation policy. Technology policy-policy to enhance the application of new knowledge, learned through science, to some known problem-and innovation policy-policy to enhance the commercialization of a technology-are quintessential examples of the public sector recognizing and exploiting opportunities to bring about change and efficiency. Using this concept of public sector entrepreneurship as the lens to view the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, the Stevenson-Wydler Act of 1980, the R&E Tax Credit of 1981, Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982, the National Cooperative Research Act of 1984, and the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 affords us the ability to find elements of commonality among these policies and to discuss their impact on the U.S. economy from the perspective of entrepreneurial action.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Part I: Defining Public Sector Entrepreneurship
Chapter 2: Entrepreneurship
Chapter 3: Toward a Theory of Public Sector Entrepreneurship
Chapter 4: Setting the Stage
Part II: Policy Examples of Public Sector Entrepreneurship
Chapter 5: The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980
Chapter 6: The Stevenson-Wydler Act of 1980
Chapter 7: The R&E Tax Credit of 1981
Chapter 8: The Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982
Chapter 9: The National Cooperative Research Act of 1984
Chapter 10: The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988
Part III: The Public Sector Entrepreneurship Perspective
Chapter 11: Past is Prologue
Chapter 12: Concluding Observations

About the author: 

Dennis Leyden is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Current research focuses on public and private sector entrepreneurship and on the role of universities in furthering such. Past research includes work on public education funding equity and accountability. His books include Adequacy, Accountability, and the Future of Public Education Funding (Springer 2005) and Government's Role in Innovation (Kluwer 1992).; Albert N. Link is Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Professor Link's research focuses on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation policy, the economics of R&D, and policy/program evaluation. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Transfer. Among his more than 40 books, some of the more recent ones are: Handbook for University Technology Transfer (University of Chicago Press, in production), Valuing an Entrepreneurial Enterprise (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Public Goods, Public Gains (Oxford University Press, 2011). His other research consists of more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

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