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Science and Technology Studies: Exploring the Knowledge Base

Ben Martin, Paul Nightingale and A. Yegros-Yegros

Working Papers from Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge

Abstract: Science and Technology Studies (STS) is one of a number of new research fields to emerge over the last four or five decades. This paper attempts to identify its core academic contributions using the methodology developed by Fagerberg et al. (2011) in their parallel study of Innovation Studies. The paper uses the references cited by the authors of chapters in a number of authoritative 'handbooks', based on the assumption that those authors will collectively have been reasonably comprehensive in identifying the core contributions to the field. The study analyses the publications most highly cited by the handbook authors, in particular examining their content and what they reveal about the various phases in the development of STS. The second part of the study analyses the 'users' of the STS core contributions who have cited these contributions in their own work, exploring their research fields, journals, and geographical location. The paper concludes with some comparisons between STS and the fields of Innovation Studies and Entrepreneurship, in particular with regard to the role of 'institution builders' in helping to develop a new research field.

Keywords: science studies; STS; knowledge base; core contributions; institution builders (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B29 N01 O14 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-his, nep-knm, nep-sbm and nep-sog
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