Imaginaries of Invention Management: Comparing Path Dependencies in East and West Germany

Titel in Übersetzung: Imaginationen von Erfindungsmanagement: Ein Vergleich von Pfadabhängigkeiten in Ost- und Westdeutschland

Lisa Sigl, Liudvika Leisyte

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    Abstract

    The ways in which societies and institutions institutionalise and practice invention
    management reflects not only how new ideas are valued, but also imaginaries about
    the role of science and technology for societal development. Often taking the US Bayh-
    Dole-Act as a model, many European states have recently implemented changes in
    how inventions at academic institutions are to be handled to optimise their societal
    impact.
    We analyse how these changes have been taken up - and made sense of - in regions
    with different pre-existing infrastructures, practices and semantics of invention
    management. For doing so, we build on a comparative analysis of continuities and
    changes in infrastructures, practices and semantics of invention management in North-
    Rhine Westphalia (NRW, a former Western state) and Saxony (a former GDR state) to
    reflect on how academic institutions have been handling inventions along transforming
    socio-political contexts. Building on document analysis and qualitative interviews with
    research managers, we discuss ongoing differences in practices of invention
    management and the semantic framing of the societal value of inventions in NRW and
    Saxony, and discuss how this can be understood before the background of their
    ideological, political and economic separation until reunification in 1990.
    Joining the conceptual perspectives of path dependencies and sociotechnical
    imaginaries, we argue that two critical incidents in the history of these states (the
    reunification in 1990 and a legal change in 2002) allowed for wide-ranging institutional
    alignments, but also allowed path dependencies in practices and semantics of
    invention management to prevail.
    Titel in ÜbersetzungImaginationen von Erfindungsmanagement: Ein Vergleich von Pfadabhängigkeiten in Ost- und Westdeutschland
    OriginalspracheEnglisch
    Seiten (von - bis)357-380
    Seitenumfang24
    FachzeitschriftMinerva
    Jahrgang56
    Ausgabenummer3
    Frühes Online-Datum13 Feb. 2018
    DOIs
    PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Sep. 2018

    ÖFOS 2012

    • 509017 Wissenschaftsforschung

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