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Nanoparticle innovation and print-on-paper fibre recyclability – mapping niches as emergent sociotechnical networks

Nanoparticle innovation and print-on-paper fibre recyclability – mapping niches as emergent sociotechnical networks

Steward, Fred, Tsoi, Joyce and Coles, Anne-Marie (2006) Nanoparticle innovation and print-on-paper fibre recyclability – mapping niches as emergent sociotechnical networks. Working Paper. Brunel University, Brunel University, London.

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Abstract

Nanoparticle innovation with application to ‘print-on-paper’ is analysed as an emergent network using social network mapping methods. Its relationship with the innovation network concerned with deinkability for enhanced fibre recycling is explored. It is shown that, in spite of advocacy claims for the potential contribution of nanoparticle technology to deinkability, the networks are actually poorly linked. The primary role of the nanoparticle innovations identified is for commercial printability rather than sustainable deinkability. These findings suggest that broad claims for the contribution of nanotechnology to sustainability are not necessarily translated into specific innovation priorities in business practice. If such potential is to be realised then these currently separate networks need to be linked much more effectively. Key gatekeepers are identified who could potentially contribute to the achievement of this.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: Working Paper no. 20 ** This paper is an earlier version of the article published in the Journal of Cleaner Production Volume 16, Issues 8-9, May-June 2008 - Item 4730 in the repository.
Uncontrolled Keywords: nanotechnology, innovation, sustainability, dematerialisation, paper recycling industry,
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:16
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6440

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