Publication
Title
Innovation through exaptation and its determinants : the role of technological complexity, analogy making & patent scope
Author
Abstract
The concept of exaptation has been recently introduced in innovation studies. Previous empirical studies have only focused on the organization-level conditions of exaptation. This paper fills the gaps by focusing on invention and inventor-level conditions such as technological complexity, inventors analogical ability, and patent scope. To test our hypotheses, we analyse a large sample of U.S. patents obtained from the USPTO and NBER databases. Based on our findings, we discuss a number of implications of exaptation for the management of innovation as well as for policy makers.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Research policy. - Amsterdam, 1971, currens
Publication
Amsterdam : 2016
ISSN
0048-7333 [print]
1873-7625 [online]
Volume/pages
45:7(2016), p. 1419-1435
ISI
000378455200010
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 27.06.2016
Last edited 09.09.2017
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