Based on his note, I am assuming Barry has a problem with for-profit
institutes and centers even though they are very common. Innovation
Management Institute International, Inc. is no secret. It is the
continuation of an organization called MetaScience Research established
back in 1985 as a way of funding metascience research that began in
1979. IMII is a privately funded research and development organization
established in 1997. It is for-profit in the same manner as Pfizer, IBM,
and Xerox has for-profit research centers. IMII is also a knowledge
production management experiment within knowledge markets conducting R&D
on knowledge production environments.
When conducting research for the US Army, all research findings are
public domain so this was the appropriate time to ask the research
community for collaboration partnerships. This division between
proprietary and public research is true for some university research
centers that have a "profit"-side such as licensing patents as well as
conducting research for commercial firms.
We also support non-profit research efforts. We invested over 1 million
last year on Knowledge Economics research.
For the many who answered my request, thank you. I was surprised to
learn how many SNA studies where being conducted within the Military.
(Seems like a strange thing to be concerned about.)
Innovation Management Institute International (IMII)
From: Social Network Researchers [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Barry Wellman
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 10:10 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Social Network Research Partners
Without getting into the politics of this research, I would Urge in
general that prospective employees use Goggle and other means to check
potential non-university employers and their supporters. Many different
things can call themselves Institutes, Centers, Laboratories and
Foundations. I did some checking myself on recent posts to this list and
learned a fair amount.
Having said that, I am off on the road for nearly a week.
Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
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