Technological agglomeration and the emergence of clusters and networks in nanotechnology

D.K.R. Robinson, Arie Rip, Vincent Mangematin

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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 pre-requisite for the emergence of strong nanoclusters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-879
Number of pages9
JournalResearch policy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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