Nanotechnology in China: An Analysis of International Competitiveness

This is my essay for professor Marcella Miozzo‘s International Competitiveness class. Previously, i posted the power point presentation for this topic as well. Links to all the reference can be found in the bottom of the article. Hope its useful. 

Nanotechnology is the manipulation and production of material within a very small scale (nanoscale). It is a complex technology which encompass multiple science discipline and industries (Islam & Miyazaki, 2009). Due to this multidisciplinary nature, nanotechnology is predicted to revolutionise the landscape of multiple industry sectors and become the foundation of the next industrial revolution (Moreira & Vale, 2016). This promising potential has attracted many countries to invest in the research and development this technology. Interestingly, this strategic scientific endeavor is not only pursued by developed economies. Newly industrialised economies are also investing heavily in nanotechnology to catch up with more established countries, increase competitiveness and stimulate growth (Moreira & Vale, 2016) (Niosi & Reid, 2007).

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Illustration of nanotechnology (image source)

One of the newly industrialized country which gaining solid grounds in nanotechnology is China. Since the late 1980s, the country has been investing massively in nanotechnology to build international competitiveness in science and technology (Bai, 2005). This effort has started to bear fruits especially in science and research indicators. The number of China nano-science publication surpassed the United States since 2004 (Appelbaum & Parker, 2008).  Number of China’s share in global nano-patent also doubled in less than a decade (Appelbaum, et al., 2016). In these two indicators, China has achieved international leadership.

This essay will discuss China’s nanotechnology development in the context of international competitiveness. The historical context of China endeavour in nanotech will be described first. Following that, factors supporting nanotechnology will be discussed using Malerba’s sectoral system of innovation theory as a lens (Malerba, 2004). Finally, the benefits of network will be explained using Podolny and Leung pipe, prism, and sponge metaphor (Podolny, 2001) (Leung, 2013). Continue reading

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Silicon Roundabout Presentation

Today, Ive delivered presentations for regional innovation class. For the final coursework, the students are expected to submit essay on several topics related to regional dimension of innovation, from role of public policy in cluster formation, university-industry relation to smart specialisation. I choose to do clusters, specifically start-up cluster. The topic fits into my interest and i want to take the topic as my dissertation areas as well. Before submitting the final essay, the students would need to present first in order to get feedback and directions.

The case study that i chose is Silicon Roundabout which also known as East London Tech City. It is a high tech startup cluster in the east London area (Shoreditch and Hoxton). Digital economy is huge contributor to UK GDP. London in particular has turn over of 56 billion GBP from digital economy. Majority of this are contributed by cluster of tech startups around the old street roundabout in East London. The area has a history of being a creative hub from the early 1990s. Post dot com boom, several startups such as Moo, Dropplr and Last.fm relocated to this area and in 2008, the terms Silicon Roundabout was coined.

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short history of how silicon roundabout emerge

In 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron launched Tech City initiatives to support this cluster to become world class technology area. Two years later, Google developed seven stories co-working space / incubator called Google Campus.

For the presentation, i include a short history on the cluster, how the cluster grow without policy intervention, the pros and cons of Tech City initiatives and future challenges of the cluster moving forward. I need to be very concise considering 15 minutes time limit.

My presentation is embedded below. Write me in the comment if you have any questions.

All in all, i did okay on today session however as i think my presentation delivery need to be upped a notch. One deadline finished, a lot more to go.

This week is going to be a semester two hell week. All the best for you folks!.

Adaptasi Proses Belajar Di Inggris

Banyak perbedaan antara dua semester perkuliahan Manchester dan pengalaman saya sebelumnya di dunia professional. Mulai dari proses belajar, ekspektasi dan deliverables, dibutuhkan beberapa penyesuaian sebelum akhirnya saya mendapat ritme kerja yang nyaman. Ditambah lagi sistem pendidikan yang jauh berbeda antara di Indonesia dan Inggris dan juga jurusan yang tidak linear dengan S1 sehingga pengalaman saya ketika sarjana tidak serta merta aplikatif di studi pasca-sarjana sekarang.

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Sebagian materi kuliah yang saya jalani di Manchester

Didalam tulisan ini, saya menuliskan beberapa tips yang sangat membantu proses belajar S2 disini. Meminjam konsep retrospective Scrum, tips saya tuliskan setelah merefleksikan kesalahan dan berpikir apa yang seharusnya saya bisa lakukan untuk memperbaiki kesalahan tersebut.  Beberapa tips juga baru saya sadari setelah akhir semester 2 sehingga jika dilakukan lebih awal, hasil yang saya dapatkan bisa lebih maksimal. Harapan saya, semoga tulisan ini bisa membantu teman teman yang ingin berkuliah diluar agar cepat beradaptasi dengan proses belajar yang baru.

Model pembelajaran di jurusan saya Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, sudah saya jelaskan sedikit di tulisan sebelumnya. Sila baca ini terlebih dahulu agar lebih mengerti konteks yang saya tulis disini.  Continue reading