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Nanotechnology Innovation Systems: A Regional Comparison

Nanotechnology Innovation Systems: A Regional Comparison
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Author(s): Nazrul Islam (Aberystwyth University, Wales and Middlesex University, London, UK)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 19
Source title: Innovation in Business and Enterprise: Technologies and Frameworks
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Latif Al-Hakim (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Chen Jin (Zhejiang University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-643-8.ch018


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The general aim of this chapter is to provide a systematic comparison of nanotechnology innovation systems (NanoSI) at the national level in Europe and Japan. In particular, the characteristics of the national NanoSI that relate to the evolving structure and dynamics of the systems, demand and push factors for driving nanotechnology innovation are investigated, as well as other framework conditions shaped by government policies. In this chapter, a deductive research approach has been adopted rather than an inductive one, a research hypothesis has been put forward and supported by qualitative data analysis. Having carried out a detailed analysis on the primary data, relevant attributes of nanotechnology innovation infrastructure have been identified and similarities and disparities between European and Japanese NanoSI have been explored. The author addresses strengths and weaknesses, major drivers and barriers to a detailed understanding and smooth functioning of NanoSI.

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