Constructing Entrepreneurial Advantage: Consensus Building, Technological Uncertainty and Emerging Industries

Posted: 17 Mar 2009

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Nichola Lowe

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Department of Urban Planning

Maryann P. Feldman

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Public Policy; Kenan Flagler Business School

Date Written: July 2008

Abstract

In 1976, Cambridge, MA, and Berkeley, CA, responded to concerns about the environmental effects of recombinant DNA by adopting identical biosafety ordinances. This paper explores the mediating factors that explain how scientists and entrepreneurs came to view these regulatory interventions in diametrically distinct ways. We argue that although the regulations were the same, the process behind their adoption and implementation and, in particular, differences in citizen engagement and technology education account for these divergent outcomes. The paper suggests ways that contemporary regulatory responses can result in a constructive (rather than combative) approach to entrepreneurial accountability and thus contribute to constructed jurisdictional advantage.

Keywords: biotechnology, regulation, entrepreneurship, economic development, jurisdictional advantage, L5, L26, O1, O3

Suggested Citation

Lowe, Nichola and Feldman, Maryann P., Constructing Entrepreneurial Advantage: Consensus Building, Technological Uncertainty and Emerging Industries (July 2008). Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 1, Issue 2, pp. 265-284, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1361420 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsn007

Nichola Lowe (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Department of Urban Planning

102 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
United States

Maryann P. Feldman

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( email )

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University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3140
United States

HOME PAGE: http://maryannfeldman.web.unc.edu/

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Public Policy ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3435
United States

Kenan Flagler Business School ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC
United States

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