Coping Strategies and System Adaptation of Agricultural Biotechnology Research in Hungary

Huzair, Farah (2011). Coping Strategies and System Adaptation of Agricultural Biotechnology Research in Hungary. In: Robbins, Peter T. and Huzair, Farah eds. Exploring Central and Eastern Europe's Biotechnology Landscape. The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology (9). Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 157–176.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9784-2

URL: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+et...

Abstract

The Hungarian agricultural biotechnology sector is affected by three main sources of uncertainty; waivering public demand for GM crops, obscure national science and technology policy and the fall in funding, and regulatory policy uncertainty. Faced with uncertainty, each set of actors have adopted certain coping strategies. Some strategies allow innovative potential to be retained though continuation of activities along the same or other useful trajectories, but others might not. In the long term, uncertainty and the lack of long term planning can have serious consequences for the future of a research organisa-tion. If learning and knowledge accumulation is not accomplished, innovative potential will be damaged and the institute can fail to re-engage in the technological trajectory as it moves forward, leaving it stranded with outdated physical and human resources.

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