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Public Sector EntrepreneurshipU.S. Technology and Innovation Policy$
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Dennis Patrick Leyden and Albert N. Link

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199313853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313853.001.0001

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The Stevenson-Wydler Act of 1980

The Stevenson-Wydler Act of 1980

(p.112) 6 The Stevenson-Wydler Act of 1980
Public Sector Entrepreneurship

Dennis Patrick Leyden

Albert N. Link

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the Stevenson-Wydler Act of 1980, which calls for federal government laboratories to actively promote technology transfer to the private sector for commercialization exploitation, is a prime example of public sector entrepreneurship. After presenting a description of the Act’s legislative history (including the passage of the Federal Technology Transfer Act in 1986), the chapter provides an analysis of the technology transfer process and then presents a number of case studies to illustrate the efficacy of the Act. The chapter then turns to an analysis of the Stevenson-Wydler Act as an example of public sector entrepreneurship using the conceptual structure developed in Chapter 3, before closing with an empirical assessment of the economic impact of Stevenson-Wydler and an analysis of the America COMPETES Act of 2007 that followed.

Keywords:   America COMPETES Act, national laboratory, networks, Sandia National Laboratories, Stevenson-Wydler Act

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