Title
The ecology of technology: an empirical study of US biotechnology patents from 1976 to 2003 The ecology of technology: an empirical study of US biotechnology patents from 1976 to 2003
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerp :UA, [*]
Subject
Economics
Source (series)
Research paper / University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics ; 2010:006
Volume/pages
43 p.,
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In organizational ecology, the focus is on the evolution of a population of organizations. Adopting a similar logic, we deal with the evolution of a population of related inventions. By employing a population perspective to technology, we aim to determine to what extent the pattern of technological growth can be attributed to the structural or systemic characteristics of the technology itself. Through an empirical investigation of patent data in the biotechnology industry, we show that a technologys internal (i.e., density and diversity) and external (i.e., crowding and status) characteristics have a significant effect on its growth rate.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/c51e77/64ca5624.pdf
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