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Technological agglomeration and the emergence of clusters and networks in nanotechnology

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  • Douglas K. R. Robinson

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

  • Arie Rip

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

  • Vincent Mangematin

    () (GAEL - Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée = Grenoble Applied Economics Laboratory - UPMF - Université Pierre Mendès France - Grenoble 2 - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, MTS - Management Technologique et Strategique - GEM - Grenoble Ecole de Management)

Abstract

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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  • Douglas K. R. Robinson & Arie Rip & Vincent Mangematin, 2007. "Technological agglomeration and the emergence of clusters and networks in nanotechnology," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-00424519, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:gemptp:hal-00424519
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2007.02.003
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    Keywords

    Technological agglomeration; Technology platform; Multilevel activities; Cluster; Geographic concentration;
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    JEL classification:

    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups

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