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Learning at the biotechnology interface : an activity theory perspective

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by A Stephens
This paper seeks to extend our understanding of learning in biotechnology clusters. The development of the biotechnology industry is recognised to be a geographically-concentrated phenomenon. A widely-held explanation for this clustering is posited to be the enhanced learning that occurs in such agglomerations. In the existing literature, however, there is a dearth of studies that examine these processes. We begin to address this gap. Drawing on activity theory, we develop a framework for the analysis of learning in biotechnology clusters. We argue that this approach enables the study of these processes within context, and allows for more nuanced conceptualisations of learning and knowledge in clusters. We also demonstrate how this framework could be applied to examine a specific mechanism of learning in clusters, collaboration.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Kennedy J; Di Milia V

Parent Title

Proceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference [electronic resource] : Management : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities

Start Page

1

End Page

14

Number of Pages

14

Start Date

01/01/2006

ISBN-10

1921047348

Location

Yeppoon, Qld.

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Lindfield, NSW

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

International conference; University of Queensland;

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference

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