Technological agglomeration and the emergence of clusters and networks in nanotechnology

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. Technological agglomeration and the emergence of clusters and networks in nanotechnology. Research Policy, Elsevier, 2007, 36 (6), pp.871-879. ⟨10.1016/j.respol.2007.02.003⟩. ⟨hal-00424519⟩

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