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 10: Communicating synthetic biology: a conceptual framework to position developments in biotechnology

Davy van Doren and Thomas Reiss


Communication has proven to be important in managing processes of innovation related to firm behaviour, industrial network development, public understanding and interdisciplinary research. As a result, the quality of communication is likely to influence the social and economic impact of emerging technologies. Synthetic biology is an emerging field being advocated as a facilitator of future biotechnology development. Although synthetic biology has become familiar to a growing audience over the past decade, its meaning has been debated for over a century. In the past 100 years, synthetic biology emerged within both conceptual and practice-orientated discussions, by describing in various degrees to what extent biological systems could be exploited. In 1912, both Stéphane Leduc (1912) and Jacques Loeb (1912) mentioned synthetic biology in speculations over possibilities to create artificial living systems. Later on, in 1974, Waclaw Szybalski mentioned synthetic biology to describe the application of recombinant DNA technology to generate organisms with new genetic properties (Benner, 2010).

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