Evolutionary Epigenetic Economics: How to Better Understand the Trends of Big Internet Groups

28 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2013 Last revised: 15 Mar 2013

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Mikel Gómez-Uranga

University of the Basque Country

Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia

Deusto Business School, University of Deusto

Juan Carlos de Miguel

Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

Date Written: January 14, 2013

Abstract

The aim of this article is to contribute to literature on evolutionary economics with new findings from biogenetics that are becoming increasingly important. Our study centres on epigenetics, showing the new analytical frameworks that could be explored as a result of including it in evolutionary thought. We have found 'biological analogy' very useful in approaching this task. In particular, we will focus on 'epigenetics,' discussing the new analytic frameworks that may open as a result of its incorporation in evolutionary economic thinking. This new approach is applied to studying the evolution of big Internet industry groups such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Samsung. With it we shed light on the dynamics of business groups, which we approach as 'business ecosystems,' analysing some of the results of these dynamics.

Abnormalities, malfunctions or obstacles to innovation, and/or blockage to developing competition at certain levels (i.e. intellectual property rights, abuse of monopoly power, etc.) may arise as a result of the influence of epigenetic factors. Patent lawsuits for infringements and violations are quite common, for example in the field of mobile telephony, which clearly shows the fierce competition between business groups. Acquisition of patent portfolios would tend to increase the buyers’ market power.

Essential patents licensing is at the core of legal disputes between the business groups. We will study what these patents are and the standards oversight in this field.

Keywords: Evolutionary economics, epigenetics, internet business group, business ecosystem, essential patent

Suggested Citation

Gómez-Uranga, Mikel and Zabala Iturriagagoitia, Jon Mikel and de Miguel, Juan Carlos, Evolutionary Epigenetic Economics: How to Better Understand the Trends of Big Internet Groups (January 14, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2200421

Mikel Gómez-Uranga

University of the Basque Country ( email )

Bilbao
Spain

Jon Mikel Zabala Iturriagagoitia (Contact Author)

Deusto Business School, University of Deusto ( email )

Camino de Mundaiz 50
Donostia - San Sebastian, 20012
Spain

Juan Carlos De Miguel

Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU) ( email )

Barrio Sarriena s/n
Leioa, Bizkaia 48940
Spain

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