Growing Technological Relatedness to the ICT Industry and Its Impacts

Information Systems Research, Forthcoming

82 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2019 Last revised: 16 Feb 2024

See all articles by Aditya Karanam

Aditya Karanam

National University of Singapore

Deepa Mani

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

Rajib L. Saha

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

Date Written: December 7, 2023

Abstract

We create an inter-sectoral citation network using 1.3 million patents granted between 1981 and 2010 across all industries in the U.S. In this network space, we find a significant increase over time in the proximity of non-ICT industries to the ICT industry. Such "ICT-Closeness" of an industry relates to a significant increase in the proportion of ICT technologies in the industry's patent portfolio and complementarity between ICT and non-ICT patents in its portfolio. We hypothesize and find that ICT-Closeness has a significant positive impact on innovation outcomes of the citing industry, including innovative efficiency, recombinant capabilities, and creation of new products, services and business methods. ICT-Closeness also engenders hypercompetition in the citing industries, as reflected in greater winner-take-all dynamics and turbulence. Our results point to a paradigm shift in knowledge production and in turn, sources of competitive value across diverse industries.

Keywords: Research and Development, Innovation, Information Systems, It Diffusion and Adoption, Organizational Studies, Effectiveness-Performance, Networks-Graphs

Suggested Citation

Karanam, Aditya and Mani, Deepa and Saha, Rajib Lochan, Growing Technological Relatedness to the ICT Industry and Its Impacts (December 7, 2023). Information Systems Research, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3436764 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3436764

Aditya Karanam

National University of Singapore ( email )

COM3 02-31
Singapore
Singapore

Deepa Mani (Contact Author)

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad ( email )

Hyderabad, Gachibowli 500 019
India

Rajib Lochan Saha

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad ( email )

Hyderabad, Gachibowli 500 111
India

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
206
Abstract Views
1,356
Rank
275,395
PlumX Metrics