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Diversification and hybridization in firm knowledge bases in nanotechnologies

  • Eric Avenel

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    (GAEL - Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée de Grenoble - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) : UMR1215 - Université Grenoble Alpes - Grenoble II)

  • Anne-Violaine Favier

    (GAEL - Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée de Grenoble - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) : UMR1215 - Université Grenoble Alpes - Grenoble II)

  • Simon Ma

    (GAEL - Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée de Grenoble - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) : UMR1215 - Université Grenoble Alpes - Grenoble II)

  • 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))

  • Carole Rieu

    (GAEL - Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée de Grenoble - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) : UMR1215 - Université Grenoble Alpes - Grenoble II)

The paper investigates the linkages between the characteristics of technologies and the structure of a firms' knowledge base. Nanotechnologies have been defined as converging technologies that operate at the nanoscale, and which require integration to fulfill their economic promises. Based on a worldwide database of nanofirms, the paper analyses the degree of convergence and the convergence mechanisms within firms. It argues that the degree of convergence in a firm's nano-knowledge base is relatively independent from the size of the firm's nano-knowledge base. However, while firms with small nano-knowledge bases tend to exploit convergence in each of their patents/publications, firms with large nano-knowledge bases tend to separate their nano-R&D activities in the different established fields and achieve diversity through the juxtaposition of the output of these independent activities 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, 864-870
Handle: RePEc:hal:gemptp:hal-00424531
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  1. Zhang, Jing & Baden-Fuller, Charles & Mangematin, Vincent, 2007. "Technological knowledge base, R&D organization structure and alliance formation: Evidence from the biopharmaceutical industry," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 515-528, May.
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