The site uses the value chain approach to examine California’s footprint in nanotechnology and its emerging research networks and resources to highlight California’s position in the national and global value chain. A secondary focus of this project is to showcase how visual analytic tools can be combined with the value chain research approach to further understanding of the industry and its economic development impacts and potential.
This site was developed and is maintained by the Center on Globalization, Governance, & Competitivess (CGGC) at Duke University: www.cggc.duke.edu
Funding for this project is from the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara: www.cns.ucsb.edu
A value chain research approach is used to analyze how relationships between stakeholders affect the development and competitiveness of a firm, industry, or location’s value chain. The value chain approach is composed of two parts:
The website represents an interactive, web-based version of applying all parts of the approach to a specific location and industry. Value chain mapping can be visually depicted along the value chain structure or geographically. Developing and applying this methodology is the focus of the Center on Globalization, Governance, & Competitiveness.
The concept for the California in the Nano Economy website draws heavily from two existing projects that both use the value chain framework to display information on key industries in North Carolina each catering to a different audience. Components of these sites were combined and expanded to create a more comprehensive resource for the California site.