Meyer M. "What do we know about innovation in nanotechnology? Some propositions about an emerging field between hype and path-dependency" SCIENTOMETRICS 70 (3). MAR 2007. p.779-810
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TITLE: What do we know about innovation in nanotechnology? Some
propositions about an emerging field between hype and path-
AUTHOR: Meyer, M
SOURCE: SCIENTOMETRICS 70 (3). MAR 2007. p.779-810 SPRINGER,
KEYWORDS+: TECHNICAL CHANGE; NANO-SCIENCE; TECHNOLOGY; PATTERNS;
INTERDISCIPLINARITY; COLLABORATION; EXPLORATION;
NANOSCIENCE; DIRECTIONS; DOMAINS
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 aims
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 about 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.
AUTHOR ADDRESS: M Meyer, Univ Sussex, SPRU, Freeman Ctr, Brighton BN1 9QE,
E Sussex, England
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