Title
Innovation through exaptation and its determinants : the role of technological complexity, analogy making & patent scope Innovation through exaptation and its determinants : the role of technological complexity, analogy making & patent scope
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Economics
Law
Source (journal)
Research policy. - Amsterdam, 1971, currens
Volume/pages
45(2016) :7 , p. 1419-1435
ISSN
0048-7333
ISI
000378455200010
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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