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Collaboration spaces in Canadian biotechnology: A search for gatekeepers

Andrea Schiffauerova and Catherine Beaudry

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Cite this document: Schiffauerova, A. & Beaudry, C. (2012). Collaboration spaces in Canadian biotechnology: A search for gatekeepers. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 29(2), p. 281-306. doi:10.1016/j.jengtecman.2012.03.004
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Abstract

The paper studies the network of Canadian biotechnology co-inventors and compares the structure of the links between inventors within, and outside of, the cluster. Two types of proximity between individuals are compared: within cluster co-invention refers to geographical proximity while co-patenting links (network component) represent social proximity between inventors of an epistemic community. We show that the cluster-based subnetworks are more fragmented and less centralized than the network components. The paper then proposes two indicators measuring an inventor's importance as a gatekeeper, i.e. an individual at the cluster's frontier responsible for the inflow of the external knowledge to the cluster.

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Gatekeepers, Innovation network, Knowledge transmission, Geographical cluster, Biotechnology

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Subjects: 1600 Génie industriel > 1600 Génie industriel
Department: Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Research Center: CIRST - Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie
Funders: CRSH
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 11:48
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2018 16:12
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2307/
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Journal Title: Journal of Engineering and Technology Management (vol. 29, no. 2)
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2012.03.004

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