Title: A strategic model for firms who seek to embrace nanomanufacturing

Authors: Robert Tierney, Steven Walsh

Addresses: University of New Mexico, New Mexico, USA. ' Albert Franklin Black Professor of Entrepreneurship, Anderson Schools of Management, The University of New Mexico, New Mexico, USA

Abstract: The term |nanotechnology| has captured the technological and economic interest of technologists and business professionals alike. The commercial interest in nanotechnology is overwhelming and the term often misrepresented. This is especially evident in nanotechnology market projections, which have risen dramatically over the past 5-10 years as more and more traditional |product families| are engulfed by the diffusion terminology and then are included in these projections. Nanomanufacturing is seen as a potential Schumpeterian or Kondratief waves (Schumpeter, 1934, 1942; Kondratief, 1937); yet manufacturing processes have been shown to be greatly different in various industrial sectors. The hurdles and problems facing the companies are as diverse as those sectors. This paper seeks to make a contribution by offering a categorisation scheme for nanomanufacturing based on the types of hurdles that firms are quite likely to encounter and provide some case base examples of both evolutionary and revolutionary nanomanufactured products.

Keywords: nanomanufacturing; nanoscale science; MEMS; microsystems technology; disruptive technology; top-down nanotechnology; bottom-up nanotechnology; microelectromechanical systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2008.020355

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2008 Vol.7 No.2/3, pp.171 - 181

Published online: 18 Sep 2008 *

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