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.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLC.2008.018868

International Journal of Learning and Change, 2008 Vol.3 No.1, pp.57 - 74

Published online: 20 Jun 2008 *

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