Recombinant knowledge, collective innovations, inventors networks, and knowledge flows among EU r...

Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Scienze Econimiche e Aziendali
October 02 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Conventional theories on innovation have tried to explain the technological trajectory of firms stressing the discontinuities existing in the firm innovation process. In contrast, the new literature about technological change has emphasised the role of knowledge recombination as one of the most important sources of technological novelty. Youn et al. (2014), for instance, showed that after a huge creation of new patent codes (indicating the introduction of novel technologies) occurred between 1800-1850, the subsequent pattern of inventions was mainly based on the recombination of existing codes. Knowledge flows (Strumsky et al., 2011) can be indirect - patents cite other previous patents (within sometimes the same codes) as discussed by Jaffe et al., 1993, or direct - new knowledge (a patent) is created by a network of inventors that recombine their knowledge.

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess