Scientific communities: Unlocking the value of research
What is a scientific community in a large sense and from Atos point of view ? And what is the common objective and the convergent point of all scientific communities for both sciences and pseudoscience?
What is the value of "scientific research and innovation" from an economical, societal and business point of view ?
In its broadest sense, a scientific community is a group of scientists whose objective is to conduct scientific research using multiple methodologies. These communities have existed for a long time and there are many different definitions of what a scientific community actually is. Rather than study the differences, it’s more helpful to focus on the common objectives of all scientific communities, namely, to provide a peer review process to help validate, advance and legitimize the research of its members.
The value of scientific research and innovation
There are multiple pathways through which scientific research and innovation can create value for us. But before we begin exploring them, let's define the term “value.”
Value commonly refers to a set of attributes and perceptions that a person shares with other members of their social or cultural group — such as principles or standards of behavior, estimates of the monetary worth of a good or service, or even an opinion of whether someone or something is important or beneficial.
So, what kind of value does scientific research bring?
There are multiple ways that scientific research and innovation can create value, but the most significant is by increasing competitiveness and accelerating time to market.
1. Economic value
When the marketable or economic value of a new technology depends on developments in a specific area (such as the metaverse), network spillovers can also add value. It is important to consider this when establishing a new standard or ecosystem which will confer even greater economic prerogatives and change the way modern resources are distributed and monetized, resulting in a complete paradigm shift in our relationship with the digital world.
2. Societal value
The value of scientific research and innovation is not purely economic. Research can also make a direct contribution to address societal challenges. Defining this type of value requires careful measurement and an understanding of the issues faced by people, such as the impact of digital technologies on human behavior. In this way, we can strike the right balance for maximum value and positive outcomes.
3. Business value
Today, everyone is aware of the increasingly crucial role of science and scientists in the economic dynamics of innovation. Businesses are leveraging scientific research in a variety of ways, to impact services, products, processes, business models and ecosystems. Of all these potential benefits, I believe the most significant value is delivered by increasing competitiveness and accelerating time to market using disruptive innovation.
How the Atos Scientific Community fuels innovation
At Atos, the role of our Scientific Community is to explore new ways to tackle complex managerial and technological challenges for our clients. We intentionally step outside of the comfort zone and examine old problems with fresh eyes. By analyzing the available information, considering all possible solutions, and focusing on the most direct path to the desired outcome, we help make a difference to our business and to our clients.
As a leader in digital transformation and pioneer of innovation and R&D, our scientific research helps drive transformational projects and reimagine the boundaries of conventional wisdom with an eye on corporate digital and social responsibility.
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