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Technological agglomeration and the emergence of clusters and networks in nanotechnology

  • Robinson, Douglas K.R.
  • Rip, Arie
  • Mangematin, Vincent

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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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research Policy.

Volume (Year): 36 (2007)
Issue (Month): 6 (July)
Pages: 871-879

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