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Diffusion as a Process of Creative Adoption

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This paper elaborates an integrated framework for understanding diffusion as a process of creative adoptions in the business sector. Within the context of the economics of localized technological change, adoption is viewed as a complementary component of a broader process of adjusting the technology when unexpected events in the product and factor markets push firms towards a creative reaction. When the stock of adoptions exerts a suitable combined effect both on the gross profitability of adoption and on the costs of adoption, such that the net profitability of adoption and hence the rates of new adoption follow a quadratic path, the dynamics of creative adoption can engender a S-shaped diffusion process. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • Cristiano Antonelli, 2006. "Diffusion as a Process of Creative Adoption," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 31(2), pages 211-226, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:31:y:2006:i:2:p:211-226
    DOI: 10.1007/s10961-005-6107-y
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    Keywords

    localized technological change; net profitability of adoption; O3; L1;

    JEL classification:

    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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