Promoting the "D" in R&D : Dubious Models and Relevant Strategies.

by Hans Heymann

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Sophisticated R&D techniques and approaches of advanced countries have little practical utility for developing countries like Turkey. This paper addresses the difficult task of finding an R&D strategy that has some genuine relevance to Turkey. What is proposed relies more on concentration and selectivity than on comprehensive reform. It stresses the importance of focusing on key problem areas, building "islands of excellence," and selecting carefully the institutional arrangements through which foreign expertise is linked to the indigenous development effort. Four illustrative examples are cited of novel institutional approaches, drawn from different fields, that appear to be both propitious for this task and appropriate to the Turkish scene: (1) in agriculture--the adaptation-diffusion institute; (2) in manufacturing--the multinational co-production framework; (3) in data processing--the cooperative service bureau; and (4) in governmental decisionmaking--the public policy analysis group. 34 pp. (Author)

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