The ecology of technology: An empirical study of US biotechnology patents from 1976 to 2003
Ad van Den Oord,
Arjen van Witteloostuijn,
Geert Duysters () and
Working Papers from University of Antwerp, Faculty of Business and Economics
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 technology‘s internal (i.e., density and diversity) and external (i.e., crowding and status) characteristics have a significant effect on its growth rate.
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