There are both benefits and risks involved in interactions between public research organisations (PROs) and industry. This paper proposes a conceptual framework that associates firms’ and PROs’ motivations, channels of interaction and benefits. It suggests that each channel triggers predominant types of benefits and claims that policy-making to support PRO–industry (PRO-I) interactions should be selective. Policy design must take into consideration the skill-related characteristics of the actors, and the characteristics of the interaction channels in order to achieve the best possible balance between the benefits and risks of PRO-I interactions. The geographical focus of the discussion is Latin America.

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Cita: Arza, Valeria, (2010). ‘Channels, Benefits and Risks of Public–Private Interactions for Knowledge Transfer: Conceptual Framework Inspired by Latin America ‘, Science and Public Policy, Vol. 37, No. 7, pp. 473-84

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