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Profit And Common Good: Friend Or Foe In Technology Transfer?

Lukas Madl

Many Technology Transfer Organizations have been implemented around the world in recent years. What is their purpose? Usually a dual scope is defined, namely to increase economic value and social value by ensuring the fullest use of the R&D results. This raises some essential questions. Does society per se benefit from an accelerated innovation process? How are the economic values and social values interconnected, how do they imply each other? What does benefit to people mean? To approach some possible answers to those questions, we take a closer look at two major problems humanity has to face—the ecological crisis and the extreme poverty on earth—and we investigate what part Technology Transfer could play to help.

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