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Technological gatekeepers, regional inventor networks and inventive performance

Julie Le Gallo and Anne Plunket

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Abstract: The paper investigates, in a regional context, the impact of gatekeepers on the quality of inventions at the patent team level based on a social network analysis. Given the lack of consensus in the literature, we explore two definitions of gatekeepers and distinguish their impact from external stars. Our results show that gatekeepers indeed influence the quality of the patents to which they participate. However, the quality of their patents is reduced if gatekeepers and their team members are located in the same region compared to multi-location teams and this holds for both definitions. External stars do not contribute to inventive quality even if they work within multi-location teams. Finally, inventor teams benefit from socially close gatekeepers located within their region, even if they have no gatekeepers within their team.

Keywords: Teams; Global pipelines; Inventor networks; Technological gatekeepers; Patent quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-11-22
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