Technological change and network dynamics: lessons from the pharmaceutical industry

Orsenigo, L.; Pammolli, F. and Riccaboni, Massimo (2001). Technological change and network dynamics: lessons from the pharmaceutical industry. Research Policy, 30(3) pp. 485–508.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0048-7333(00)00094-9

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate how underlying relevant technological conditions induce distinguishable patterns of change in industry structure and evolution. A mapping is detected between the specific nature of problem decompositions and research techniques at the micro level of knowledge bases, and patterns of structural evolution at the macro level of the industry network. The graph-theoretic techniques we introduce map major technological discontinuities on changes observed at the level of dominant organization forms. They might have applications in other domains, whenever the identification of structural breaks and homological relationships between technological and industrial spaces are important issues.

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