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Research and development absorptive capacity: a Māori perspective

This paper presents a view of research and development absorptive capacity from a Māori perspective. The assessment is part of a case study of a longitudinal programme – Science for Technological Innovation: Kia kotahi mai – Te Ao Putaiao me te Ao Hanagarau that aims to increase Aotearoa New Zealand’s capacity to use sci-tech for economic benefit. The paper finds that while Aotearoa New Zealand’s macro policy and meso institutional levels have become more responsive to Māori research and development demands, at the micro level of the individual or the firm there are still constraints given the small numbers of Māori in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In response to this, a novel model of Māori sci-tech capacity is under development that considers not only research and development technical capacities, but also the human and relational capacities required to accelerate absorptive capacity to respond to Māori social and economic aspirations.
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Ruckstuhl, K., Amoamo, M., Hart, N. H., Martin, W. J., Keegan, T. T. A. G., & Pollock, R. (2019). Research and development absorptive capacity: a Māori perspective. Kōtuitui : New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 14, 177–197. https://doi.org/10.1080/1177083X.2019.1580752
The Royal Society of New Zealand
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