Innovation as a nonlinear process, the scientometric perspective, and the specification of an ‘innovation opportunities explorer’

Leydessdorf, Loet, Rotolo, Daniele and de Nooy, Wouter (2013) Innovation as a nonlinear process, the scientometric perspective, and the specification of an ‘innovation opportunities explorer’. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 25 (6). pp. 641-653. ISSN 0953-7325

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Abstract

The process of innovation follows non-linear patterns across the domains of science, technology, and the economy. Novel bibliometric mapping techniques can be used to investigate and represent distinctive, but complementary perspectives on the innovation process (e.g., “demand” and “supply”) as well as the interactions among these perspectives. The perspectives can be represented as “continents” of data related to varying extents over time. For example, the different branches of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) in the Medline database provide sources of such perspectives (e.g., “Diseases” versus “Drugs and Chemicals”). The multiple-perspective approach enables us to reconstruct facets of the dynamics of innovation, in terms of selection mechanisms shaping localizable trajectories and/or resulting in more globalized regimes. By expanding the data with patents and scholarly publications, we demonstrate the use of this multi- perspective approach in the case of RNA Interference (RNAi). The possibility to develop an “Innovation Opportunities Explorer” is specified.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: innovation, data-mining, scientometrics, network analysis, database, mapping
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Daniele Rotolo
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2013 14:49
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 02:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42922

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