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Large Players In The Nanogame: Dedicated Nanotech Subsidiaries Or Distributed Nanotech Capabilities?

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  • Vincent Mangematin

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    (MTS - Management Technologique et Strategique - Grenoble École de Management (GEM))

  • Khalid Errabi

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    (MTS - Management Technologique et Strategique - Grenoble École de Management (GEM))

  • Caroline Gauthier

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    (MTS - Management Technologique et Strategique - Grenoble École de Management (GEM))

Abstract

Nanotechnologies are reshaping the boundaries between industries, combining two aspects of innovation - both enhancing competences based on cumulative knowledge and experience and destroying competences by forcing the renewal of the firm's knowledge base. To analyze how worldwide R&D leaders adapt to this new technology, we conduct an econometric analysis of about 3,000 subsidiaries of the largest R&D spenders. We find that large groups are creating medium size subsidiary companies to explore nanotechnologies. Knowledge circulates mostly amongst subsidiaries within the same group and scientific clusters do not affect their involvement in nanotechnologies. Nanotechnologies remain marginal within these subsidiaries' knowledge bases and are distributed within corporate groups, stimulating recombination between nanotechnology and other technologies

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Paper provided by HAL in its series Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) with number hal-00526726.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Publication status: Published, Journal of Technology Transfer, 2011, 36, 6, 640-664
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Keywords: incumbent; inflexibility; hybridization; nanotechnology; pre-adaptation;

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  1. Vincent Mangematin & Khalid Errabi, 2012. "The Determinants Of The Science-Based Cluster Growth: The Case Of Nanotechnologies," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-00526701, HAL.
  2. Corine Genet & Khalid Errabi & Caroline Gauthier, 2012. "Which Model of Technology Transfer for Nanotechnology? A Comparison with Biotech and Microelectronics," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-00749152, HAL.
  3. Alessandra Colombelli & Jackie Krafft & Francesco Quatraro, 2012. "The emergence of new technology-based sectors at the regional level: a proximity-based analysis of nanotechnology," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1211, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Jun 2012.

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