Using the functional analysis to understand the emergence of biomaterials within an existing biotechnology system: observations from a case study in Turkey

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Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 2017, 29 (3), pp. 313 - 324
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© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The paper applies a functional approach to the analysis of an emerging technology within an innovation system (IS) in a developing country. By doing so, the paper identifies the advantages and drawbacks of the approach through a dynamic analysis and highlights the life cycle of an IS within which a new technology is emerging. This is done empirically by analysing the emergence of biosimilars within the infant Turkish biotechnology system mainly from the perspective of firms. Our analysis of the Turkish case illustrates how the tool of functional approach could be valuable in understanding the dynamics of a technology in a developing country context. Policy suggestions and implications of the study are presented as concluding remarks.
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