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Structural embeddedness and innovation diffusion: the moderating role of industrial technology grouping

Yibo Lyu (), Quanshan Liu (), Binyuan He () and Jingfei Nie ()
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Yibo Lyu: Dalian University of Technology
Quanshan Liu: Dalian University of Technology
Binyuan He: Dalian University of Technology
Jingfei Nie: Dalian University of Technology

Scientometrics, 2017, vol. 111, issue 2, 889-916

Abstract: Abstract Industrial technology grouping is a common phenomenon that occurs as an industry develops and evolves. However, the research on innovation diffusion has given little attention to the role of industrial technology grouping. This paper extends the prior research to analyze the impact of industrial technology grouping on innovation diffusion within the framework of structural embeddedness. In our empirical study, we selected a sample of patents in the smart phone industry during the 2004–2014 period. We used both hierarchical regression analysis and patent citation analysis to explore the impact of industrial technology grouping on innovation diffusion in the two dimensions of clustering and bridging ties, which yielded several valuable results. First, industrial technology grouping is a common phenomenon in the development of industrial technology. Moreover, the dynamic changes of technology clusters are an important driving force shaping the trends and diversity of industrial technology. Second, industrial technology grouping does not have a significant effect on firm innovation diffusion, whereas structural embeddedness directly affects innovation diffusion. Third, industrial technology grouping positively moderates the impact of structural embeddedness on firm innovation diffusion in both dimensions of clustering and bridging ties.

Keywords: Industrial technology grouping; Innovation diffusion; Patent analysis; Smart phone industry; 62J05; 62G10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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