Technological Change and Network Dynamics: Lessons from the Pharmaceutical Industry

Posted: 20 Nov 2007 Last revised: 23 Mar 2013

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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

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate how underlying relevant technological conditions induce distinguishable patterns of change in industry structure and evolution. A mapping is detected between the specific nature of problem decompositions and research techniques at the micro level of knowledge bases, and patterns of structural evolution at the macro level of the industry network. The graph - theoretic techniques we introduce map major technological discontinuities on changes observed at the level of dominant organization forms. They might have applications in other domains, whenever the identification of tructural breaks and homological relationships between technological and industrial spaces are important issues.

Keywords: Pharmaceutical industry, Biotechnology industry, R&D, Technological change, Alliances

Suggested Citation

Orsenigo, Luigi and Pammolli, Fabio and Riccaboni, Massimo, Technological Change and Network Dynamics: Lessons from the Pharmaceutical Industry. Research Policy, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1031359

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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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
Lucca, 55100
Italy

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