Title: Integrative technologies and knowledge gatekeepers: bridging the gap between epistemic communities in the case of stem cell science
Authors: Rudiger Wink
Addresses: Ruhr Research Institute for Regional and Innovation Policy, Ruhr University Bochum, GC 3/154, 44780 Bochum, Germany
Abstract: The article analyses the role of gatekeepers between regional and disciplinary innovation systems in stem cell research as a case of integrative technologies. Which kind of gatekeepers is needed and which function can be fulfilled, differs along the knowledge value chain. Empirical results are used to explain the rationality of stem cell policies in selected European and Asian countries.
Keywords: epistemic communities; knowledge gatekeepers; knowledge value chain; regional innovation systems; science-based sectors; stem cell research; integration; stem cell policies; Europe; Asia; rationality.
International Journal of Learning and Change, 2008 Vol.3 No.1, pp.57 - 74
Published online: 20 Jun 2008 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article