… is a lack of scientists running companies – ?

This thought was offered by Peter Hodgson, a former Minister of Science and Technology to New Zealand in a speech to graduates at the University of Otago:

In Germany, Japan and Scandinavia, scientists ran companies and their science influenced management decisions.

”In New Zealand, those same companies are run by accountants or lawyers.”

This was one of many reasons why this country had ”one of the lowest levels” of private sector research and development in the developed world.

It’s not a reason I’ve seen suggested before. What do readers think – ?

He also said science graduates were needed even if they didn’t do research and called for ‘a stronger science voice in social discourse’.

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