The thesis analyses the rise and fall of the linear model ina Swedish organizational context. The thesis concentrates on aset of actors who were to shape and administer general Swedishtechnical research policy. The framework of the story are twoorganizations which have played a central part in thegovernment's involvement in technical research and industrialdevelopment - the Swedish Council for Technical Research (TFR),1942-1968 and the National Board for Technical Development(STU), 1968-1991.
The thesis links three different problem areas or questions.The first problem area concerns conceptions and ideas oftechnology and science, research and development, and inparticular the linear model as construed by the actors. Thesecond area analyses how the linear model has affected andinfluenced the organizational design of government support fortechnical research and industaial development. The third areadeals with how the linear model and the organizational designhave affected and influenced actual projects which have beengiven support by TFR and STU. Chapter 1, 2 3, and 4 deals withthe formation and work of TFR. Chapter 5 with the formation ofSTU, and chapter 6,7, and 8 with the work of STU. There arethree "case studies", located in chapter 2,4, and 7.
Index terms:history of technology, political science,history, science, technology, science policy, research policy,linear model, university, industry, government, learningorganizations, network, entrepreneur, 20th century
Institutionen för produktionssystem , 1997. , 541 p.