The Evolution of Knowledge and the Dynamics of an Industry Network

Journal of Management and Governance, Vol. 1, pp. 147-175, 1998

Posted: 20 Nov 2007

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Luigi Orsenigo

Bocconi University - Department of Economics

Fabio Pammolli

Polytechnic University of Milan - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering; CERM Foundation

Massimo Riccaboni

KU Leuven - Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy, and Innovation; IMT Institute for Advanced Studies

Andrea Bonaccorsi

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM)

Giuseppe Turchetti

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Abstract

The paper moves a step forward in the direction of establishing a connection between the structure and evolution of knowledge bases and the structure and evolution of organizational forms in innovative activities in a scienceintensive industry. The paper has an explicit focus on the dynamics of the network of collaborative agreements in R&D in the pharma/biotech industry after the molecular biology revolution. Using a comprehensive dataset, built by the authors integrating several sources in the industry, the dynamics of the network over time is extensively analyzed. With regards to network structure, it is found that, while the size of the network increases over time due to net flows of entry, its topological properties remain relatively unchanged. The evolution of the network has occurred without relevant deformations in the coreperiphery profile. With regards to agedependent propensity to collaborate, the paper finds that the extent of intergenerational collaboration is much more significant than intragenerational collaboration. In addition, the propensity of firms of a given generation to enter into collaboration with firms of a different generation increases with the distance between the two, while the total number of intragenerational collaborations decreases over time and, moreover, tends to decrease for most recent generations. In the paper a unitary and coherent explanation of the evidence is developed, coming to reveal the existence of a striking isomorphism between structural properties of the dynamics of knowledge and of the evolution of network structure.

Keywords: Network dynamics, sciencebased industries, pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology industry

Suggested Citation

Orsenigo, Luigi and Pammolli, Fabio and Riccaboni, Massimo and Bonaccorsi, Andrea and Turchetti, Giuseppe, The Evolution of Knowledge and the Dynamics of an Industry Network. Journal of Management and Governance, Vol. 1, pp. 147-175, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1031355

Luigi Orsenigo

Bocconi University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Milan, 20136
Italy

Fabio Pammolli (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Milan - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering ( email )

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Milano, 20156
Italy

CERM Foundation ( email )

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Italy

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Massimo Riccaboni

KU Leuven - Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy, and Innovation ( email )

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Leuven, 3000
Belgium

IMT Institute for Advanced Studies ( email )

Complesso San Micheletto
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Italy

Andrea Bonaccorsi

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) ( email )

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Pisa, I-56127
Italy
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+39 05 088 3344 (Fax)

Giuseppe Turchetti

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna ( email )

Biblioteca Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
I-56127 Pisa, 56100
Italy

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