Emerging Search Regimes; preprint version available

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Sun Jan 16 02:34:50 EST 2011

Emerging Search Regimes:  <http://arxiv.org/abs/1101.2591> 
Measuring Co-evolutions among Research, Science, and Society

(Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, forthcoming)

Gaston Heimeriks & Loet Leydesdorff


Scientometric data is used to investigate empirically the emergence of
search regimes in Biotechnology, Genomics, and Nanotechnology. Complex
regimes can emerge when three independent sources of variance interact. In
our model, researchers can be considered as the nodes that carry the science
system. Research is geographically situated with site-specific skills, tacit
knowledge and infrastructures. Second, the emergent science level refers to
the formal communication of codified knowledge published in journals. Third,
the socio-economic dynamics indicate the ways in which knowledge production
relates to society. Although Biotechnology, Genomics, and Nanotechnology can
all be characterised by rapid growth and divergent dynamics, the regimes
differ in terms of self-organization among these three sources of variance.
The scope of opportunities for researchers to contribute within the
constraints of the existing body of knowledge are different in each field.
Furthermore, the relevance of the context of application contributes to the
knowledge dynamics to various degrees. 


at http://arxiv.org/abs/1101.2591

** apologies for cross-postings

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