Does the business community make maximum use of the research findings available to them? Are universities ensuring that their product – knowledge – is finding its way to the business community? VA carried out a multi-part study during 2008 into how the business world regards science and research, and the relationships between researchers and companies.

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Thomas Nygren, associate professor at Uppsala University and project manager for The News Evaluator, talks about The News Evaluator at Research2Business Summit 2019. Photo: Fredrik Brounéus, VA

The main component of this study is an interview survey carried out with the senior executives of a variety of companies. Experts from the business and academic world then share their reflections on the findings in five short articles. An analysis of the science-related content of a selection of trade journals is also given. Finally, additional perspectives on the issue are given by a survey of the public’s views of company-based research, as well as a literature survey.

A short summary of the results is found in The Value of Knowledge in the Business World, 2008:5.

The results were presented and discussed at a session organised by VA during ESOF 2010: Innovation beyond the lab – report from VA’s ESOF seminar.