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Technological agglomeration and the emergence of clusters and networks in nanotechnology

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  • Douglas Robinson

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    (Department of Science, Technology, Health and Policy Studies - University of Twente)

  • Arie Rip

    (Department of Science, Technology, Health and Policy Studies - University of Twente)

  • Vincent Mangematin

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    (GAEL - Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée de Grenoble - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) : UMR1215 - Université Grenoble Alpes - Grenoble II, MTS - Management Technologique et Strategique - Grenoble École de Management (GEM))

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Research and development at the nanoscale requires a large degree of integration, from convergence of research disciplines in new fields of enquiry to new linkages between start-ups, regional actors and research facilities. Based on the analysis of two clusters in nanotechnologies (MESA+ (Twente) and other centres in The Netherlands and Minatec in Grenoble in France), the paper discusses the phenomenon of technological agglomeration: co-located scientific and technological fields associated to coordinated technology platforms to some extent actively shaped by institutional entrepreneurs. Such co-location and coordination are probably a prerequisite for the emergence of strong nanoclusters. For more informations: http://www.nanoeconomics.eu/

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Date of creation: 2007
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Publication status: Published, Research Policy, 2007, 36, 6, 871-879
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Keywords: Technological agglomeration; Technology platform; Multilevel activities; Cluster; Geographic concentration;

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  1. > Economic Development Technological Change, and Growth > Technological Change: Choices and Consequences > Technology Assessment
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