What Do We Know About Innovation in Nanotechnology? Some Propositions About an Emerging Field Between Hype and Path-Dependency

Meyer, Martin (2006) What Do We Know About Innovation in Nanotechnology? Some Propositions About an Emerging Field Between Hype and Path-Dependency. Working Paper. Helsinki University of Technology, Institute of Strategy and International Business., Helsinki.

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Abstract

This contribution formulates a number of propositions about the emergence of novel nanoscience and nanotechnology (N&N). Seeking to complement recent work that aims to define a research agenda and draws on general insights from the innovation literature, this paper seeks to synthesize knowledge from innovation-related studies of the N&N field. More specifically, it is suggested that N&N is often misconstrued as either a field of technology or an area of (broadly) converging technologies while evidence to date suggests rather that N&N be considered a set of inter-related and overlapping but not necessarily merging technologies. The role of instrumentation in connecting the various N&N fields is underlined. Finally, the question is raised whether change in N&N tends to be incremental rather than discontinuous, being the result of technological path-dependencies and lock-ins in industry-typical search regimes that are only slowly giving way to more boundary-crossing activities.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Martin Meyer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:50
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2013 10:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22510
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