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Canadian nanotechnology innovation networks: intra-cluster, inter-cluster and foreign collaboration

Andrea Schiffauerova and Catherine Beaudry

Article (2009)

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Cite this document: Schiffauerova, A. & Beaudry, C. (2009). Canadian nanotechnology innovation networks: intra-cluster, inter-cluster and foreign collaboration. Journal of Innovation Economics, 4(2), p. 119. doi:10.3917/jie.004.0119
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This article studies innovation in Canadian nanotechnology clusters and networks using data from the intersection of the Nanobank database for Canadian inventors with that obtained from a search strategy modified from Porter et al. (2006). Using this selection of patents, we identify, analyze and characterize 8 Canadian nanotechnology clusters. We then construct the Canadian nanotechnology innovation network and describe the collaborative behaviour of the inventors. Most collaborative activity takes place inside nanotechnology clusters and Canadian inventors who decide to build cooperation ties outside their clusters most often prefer to do so with collaborators from abroad, mainly from the USA. A distance-based analysis confirms an important role of the geographical proximity when searching for a cooperation partner. Nevertheless, this importance significantly decreases when no partners are found within 600 km. Very distant or overseas collaborations are then preferred while the mid-range distance options are overlooked.

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collaboration, innovation, cluster, geographical location, patents, nanotechnology, Canada

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Subjects: 1600 Génie industriel > 1600 Génie industriel
Department: Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Research Center: Non applicable
Grant number: 820-2006-0064
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 12:28
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 10:43
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2328/
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Journal Title: Journal of Innovation Economics (vol. 4, no. 2)
Publisher: De Boeck
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3917/jie.004.0119


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