An exploratory study of the role of publishing inventors in nanotechnology

Cattani, Gino and Rotolo, Daniele (2013) An exploratory study of the role of publishing inventors in nanotechnology. In: Aharonson, Barak S, Stettner, Uriel, Amburgey, Terry L, Ellis, Shmuel and Drori, Israel (eds.) Understanding the Relationship Between Networks and Technology, Creativity and Innovation. Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitive Strategy, 13 . Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK, pp. 97-122. ISBN 9781781904893

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Social network theory and analytic tools have been increasingly used to examine the interaction between science and technology. Recently, researchers have paid attention to the role of publishing inventors, that is, individuals bridging the collaborative networks between authors (co-authorship network) and inventors (co-invention network). Building on this research, we study how publishing inventors’ structural position in the joint co-authorship and co-invention network affects the quality of the inventions to which they contribute. Specifically, we identify publishing inventors who play a pivotal role in holding the two networks together: their removal not only increases the network fragmentation but also disconnects the joint co-authorship and co-invention network. We define these publishing inventors as cutpoints and find them to contribute to inventions of greater quality. We situate the analysis within the context of the emerging field of nanotechnology. The theoretical and managerial implications of the results are discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Co-authorship/co-invention networks, Nanotechnology, invention quality, knowledge transfer
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Daniele Rotolo
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 15:47
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2015 15:47

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Mapping the Dynamics of Emerging Technologies:G0499ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILRES 360 25 0076