Title
The ecology of technology The ecology of technology
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
conferenceObject
Publication
Wuhan :Wuhan univ technology press ,
Subject
Economics
Mathematics
Source (journal)
Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Innovation Management, vols. I and II, DEC 10-11, 2008, Maastricht, Netherlands
Volume/pages
(2008) , p. 2357-2381
ISBN
978-7-5629-2865-2
ISI
000263151801101
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 (or set) of related of inventions. More specifically, by employing a Population perspective to technology, we aim to determine to what extent the pattern of technological growth call be attributed to the structural characteristics of the technology itself Through ail empirical investigation of patent data in the biotechnology industry, we show that a technology's internal (i.e., density and diversity) and external (i.e., crowding and status) characteristics have a significant effect on its growth rate. Finally, we discuss the implication of our findings for the development of what we coin the ecology of technology. Key words Population, Ecology, Technology, Technological growth
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