Managing Emerging Technologies for Socio-Economic Impact
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Managing Emerging Technologies for Socio-Economic Impact

Edited by Dimitris G. Assimakopoulos, Ilan Oshri and Krsto Pandza

The development of emerging technologies demands a rapidly expanding knowledge base and intensive collaboration across organizational, institutional and cultural borders. This book is the first of its kind to focus on the management of key emerging technologies and their social and economic impact in Europe. Split into four parts, across seventeen chapters, the scholars offer multiple levels of analysis concerning the management of emerging technologies across various sectors ranging from nanotechnology, renewable energy and cloud computing to synthetic biology and particle therapy for cancer.
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Chapter 6: Network evolution at the science–technology overlap in the triple helix of particle therapy of cancer

Andrea Carafa, Dimitris G. Assimakopoulos and Andrew Parker


The social processes which allow for scientific and technical progress have largely drawn the attention of scholars of science and technical change, and policy makers, for many years. International scientific collaboration has increased due to a number of factors internal and external to science (Wagner and Leydesdorff, 2005). Science and technology developments are intertwined (Price, 1984) and can be contextualized in the ‘triple helix’ of industry–university–government relations (Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff, 2000). Scientific and technological networks are distinctive, co-evolve and overlap to an extent (Murray, 2002) and ‘mode 2’ knowledge production involves greater transdisciplinarity and collaboration between sites (Gibbons et al., 1994). Overall this points to the underlying relational nature of innovation, which deserves researchers’ attention (Edquist, 1997; Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff, 1997).

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