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The study on dissemination of knowledge through PhD students was designed to assess how important is the role played by European Commission contracts in giving doctorals comparative advantage in training and in subsequent employment (mainly in industry). It contributed to a larger study intended to assess the impact of the EC Framework programme on European industry, addressing specific technology strategies, management of collaboration, changes in collaborative behaviour, the process of technology transfer between R&D and production departments, effects upon human resources and skill development, and the role of SMEs. The main findings relate to the career pathways of post doctorates. During the conduct of their theses, half were working at a European level, while the other half did not conduct any networking activities outside their University. The study makes recommendations on the need for systematic follow-up of PhD students indirectly supported by EC research programmes, and the need for training in Commission practices.

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Authors: MUSTAR P, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (FR);LAREDO P, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15889 EN (1994) 54 pp., FS, ECU 8.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-8736-8
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