Technology Push and Demand Pull Perspectives in Innovation Studies: Current Findings and Future Research Directions

13 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2008 Last revised: 9 Mar 2013

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Giada Di Stefano

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Alfonso Gambardella

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Gianmario Verona

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology; SDA Bocconi

Date Written: July 3, 2007

Abstract

This study updates the debate on the sources of innovation. Using techniques like factor analysis, multidimensional scaling, and pathfinder analysis, we examine the most influential articles that have dealt with the topic. In addition to confirming the role of technology and demand as sources of innovation, our analysis provides two main findings. The first illustrates how competences enable firms to match technology with demand and capitalize on technology and demand as sources of innovation. The second highlights a distinction between external and internal sources of innovations. The sources of innovation can be purely external or internally generated competences that enable the firm to integrate external knowledge within its boundaries. Our work contributes to the classic debate by providing a more granular understanding of how technology and demand interact. In discussing our findings, we link our framework to strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship studies that expressly call for a better understanding of technology and demand factors in value creation and capture.

Keywords: technology push, demand pull, innovation, bibliometrics, co-citation analysis

JEL Classification: M1, M13

Suggested Citation

Di Stefano, Giada and Gambardella, Alfonso and Verona, Gianmario, Technology Push and Demand Pull Perspectives in Innovation Studies: Current Findings and Future Research Directions (July 3, 2007). Research Policy, Volume 14, Issue 8, October 2012, 1283-1295. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1155050

Giada Di Stefano

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.unibocconi.eu/giadadistefano/

Alfonso Gambardella (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

Gianmario Verona

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

SDA Bocconi ( email )

Via Bocconi 8
Milan, Milan 20136
Italy

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