Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2009/10: Dynamics of a Technological Innovator Network and its impact on technological performance

Ju Liu () and Cristina Chaminade ()
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Ju Liu: School of Economics and Management. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Postal: Chengdu, China
Cristina Chaminade: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: PO Box 117, Sölvegatan 16, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: This paper examines the dynamics of a technological innovator network (TIN) of a stateowned textile company in the underdeveloped southwest China. It addresses two research questions: how the structure of the TIN evolved in the past ten years and what impact it had on the technological performance of the firm. The case study reveals that the general structure of the TIN and the positioning of the actors influence not only the amount of technological innovations but also the predominant type (product versus process innovations). TIN that are adequate for process innovation may not be as efficient for product innovation

Keywords: Technological innovator network; Technological innovation performance; Product and process innovation; Network structure; Network Dynamics; China

JEL-codes: O30

31 pages, October 1, 2009

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