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Foresight on Taiwan nanotechnology industry in 2020

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PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to create a vision and obtain a consensus on Taiwan's nanotechnology industry in three dimensions (the 2007 situation, the R&D maturation time, and the 2020 scenario). It then seeks to foster a set of development strategies for Taiwan in 2020. Design/methodology/approachA Delphi-based foresight study together with an expert discussion meeting has been conducted to obtain a consensus for Taiwan nanotechnology in 2020. FindingsThe paper provides the results of the first Delphi-based survey on Taiwan nanotechnology development. The Nano Bio Medicine domain has greater maturity; the maturation time of most techniques will be 2010-2015; Nanocomposite Material Technique, Nano Optoelectronic and Optical Communication, and Nano Storage show relatively high competitiveness. Self-R&D and Technology introduced from overseas are the major development methods in 2020. Practical implicationsThe paper is of interest to foresight practitioners and policy makers at the industrial and government levels in Taiwan. Originality/valueThe paper is the first publication to identify Taiwan's 2020 nanotechnology development by Delphi-based foresight investigation.
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Keywords: Delphi method; Taiwan; Technology led strategy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-08-31

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