The Knowledge Networks and Institutions for Innovation Program (KNIIP) studies how society produces, uses and distributes scientific and technological knowledge. KNIIP researchers examine how public and private policies, including contract and intellectual property law, shape the way information is shared. The program also explores how scientific and technological innovations become commercial products. KNIIP takes a special interest in alternative modes of spreading information through open communities and virtual networks built around common-use rights. Program scholars investigate how institutional arrangements and legal practices encourage or impede these rapidly expanding forms of collaboration. KNIIP’s Stanford Project on the Economics of Open Source Software explores the economics of these models to assess whether they are viable over the long term. Program researches are also studying the design principles for a global climate stabilization policy, focusing on the economically efficient use of technology.
Current Sponsored Projects
- Zvi Griliches and the Economics of Technology Diffusion:Adoption of Innovations, Investment Lags, and Productivity Growth | | May 2011
- Designing an Optimal 'Tech Fix' Path to Global Climate Stability: Integrated Dynamic Requirements Analysis for the 'Tech Fix' | | Aug 2014
- Designing an Optimal 'Tech Fix' Path to Global Climate Stability: Directed R&D and Embodied Technical Change in a Multi-phase Framework | | Feb 2015
- The Republic of Open Science — The institution’s Historical Origins and Prospects for Continued Vitality | | Aug 2014