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Smart innovation policy: How network position and project composition affect the diversity of an emerging technology

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  • van Rijnsoever, Frank J.
  • van den Berg, Jesse
  • Koch, Joost
  • Hekkert, Marko P.

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Technological diversity is important to achieve long-term technological progress as diversity fosters recombinant innovation and renders undesirable lock-ins less likely. Many government policies influence the diversity of a technology, in particular by subsidizing collaborative innovation projects. This study investigates the influence of network position and the composition of innovation projects on the creation diversity of an emerging technology at a system level. We first conceptualize technological diversity and formulate hypotheses using a combination of innovation system and social network arguments. Empirically, we study the Dutch innovation system in relation to biogas energy technology.

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  • van Rijnsoever, Frank J. & van den Berg, Jesse & Koch, Joost & Hekkert, Marko P., 2015. "Smart innovation policy: How network position and project composition affect the diversity of an emerging technology," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(5), pages 1094-1107.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:44:y:2015:i:5:p:1094-1107
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.12.004
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