Companies have stepped back from in-house science and are relying heavily on external institutions for knowledge.
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Nature Index Science Inc. 2017
Large corporations are retreating from high-stakes investments in basic research. They are instead outsourcing the production of knowledge needed to drive innovation to academic and government institutions. Nature Index Science Inc. 2017 investigates the changing role of corporate institutions in the world of science and the costs and benefits to high-quality research of these evolving arrangements.
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