A Mirror of Social Development: Industry decisions regarding new technologies

Geertsma, Jennifer. Science, Technology and Society Initiative, Nanoscience and Society Research Group. (2008) A Mirror of Social Development: Industry decisions regarding new technologies. In: Nanotechnology and Society: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges, October 3, 2008, Amherst, MA. (Unpublished)

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This study examines how organizations manage risks presented by new technologies and the impact the institutional environment has on this governance process. Micro and nanotechnology research and development (R&D) presents an important case in which to study the influence of institutional environments on organizations. Our survey addresses the perspectives and actions firms take to address the potential importance of environmental health and safety, public perceptions and regulation in their R&D decisions. Recent public reports have raised concern about a seeming lack of attention to potential governance and regulatory concerns within the industry. Our preliminary survey data collected from Massachusetts based firms supports the view that companies' R&D decisions concerning nanotechnology are not usually influenced by environmental/ occupational health and safety concerns, or consumer and general public perceptions. Companies are sensitive to federal and state regulations although these are a minor concern for companies surveyed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
InterNano Taxonomy: Social and Economic Impacts > Policy and Regulation
Collections: Science Technology and Society's Nanotechnology and Society Workshops
Depositing User: Michelle Sagan Goncalves
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2009 17:27
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2009 18:37
URI: http://eprints.internano.org/id/eprint/42

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