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Communities, Knowledge, and Innovation: Indian Immigrants in the US Semiconductor Industry

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  • Paul Almeida

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    (Georgetown University)

  • Anupama Phene

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    (George Washington University)

  • Sali Li

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    (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

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    This paper investigates the influence of technological, geographic, and ethnic communities on the innovativeness of Indian inventors. We study Indian inventors in the semiconductor industry in the US and examine their patenting profiles between 1975 and 1999 to identify the influences on the quantity and quality of their innovations. We find that inventors who rely on knowledge from technological and geographic communities enhance their innovativeness. Knowledge from the ethnic Indian community is related to inventor innovativeness in the form of an inverted U. The negative effect of knowledge gained from the ethnic community on innovativeness is pronounced for experienced inventors.

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    Paper provided by globADVANTAGE, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria in its series Working Papers with number 58.

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