Organisations today rely on developments in science and technology and an understanding of the impact of these developments on their future to maintain their competitive advantage.
This information about science and technology is used unevenly with some filtered through a hierarchy of decision making and some becoming just one of many factors informing a decision.
The Australian Department of Defence maintains the Defence Science and Technology Organisation to provide science and technology support and advice. This support extends beyond the pull-based concepts of evidence-based policy and delivery of new products to solve a problem. It also includes the push-based provision of unsolicited advice about the potential impacts of future and current scientific developments and development of novel solutions to current and future problems.
This research seeks to understand intra-organisational science communication with a view to identifying the success factors for communication about science within such an organisation.