Transforming the Australian economy

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Is the rapid increase in research actually paying off? Shutterstock

No, we aren’t running out of new ideas

Academics argue that increasing amounts of R&D isn't translating into greater productivity. But the problem may lay elsewhere in the economy.
If the government wants to encourage universities to translate their research to a wider audience, they should explicitly pay for it. www.shutterstock.com

Why the KPIs on university engagement need more thought

In March 2018, all Australian universities will be submitting key performance indicators (KPIs) on their engagement and impact to the Australian Research Council. These measure how well universities engage…
If we want to stop kicking the innovation football back and forth – we need to move industry policy to a more prominent place in the political agenda. www.shutterstock.com

Let’s stop kicking the innovation football around

The federal government spends over A$10 billion plus a year on industry policies but we have little idea how effective they have been. Programs are regularly dropped before we even know if they work. Think…

Do we thank science for all our prosperity?

It is easy to see the benefits from the advances we have made in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and the life sciences. Without these impressive leaps in understanding, we would not have…

So what do we really know about entrepreneurship?

The first thing is that the term entrepreneurship means different things to different people. So the starting point of any discussion is to agree not to use the term. People often mean start-ups – new…