Quotation Yoon, S. Joseph, Marhold, Klaus, Kang, Jina. 2017. Linking the firm’s knowledge network and subsequent exploratory innovation: A study based on semiconductor industry patent data. Innovation-Organization & Management. 19 (4), 463-482.


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In order to create innovation, firms in high-tech industries do not only need to possess technological knowledge in various fields, but also need to know how to connect different technologies. A firm’s knowledge resources can be expressed as a single network composed of knowledge elements (nodes) and their combinations (ties). We develop a theoretical framework to investigate the dynamics of such a knowledge network over time, accounting for the attributes and effects of knowledge accumulation. We distinguish accumulated component and architectural knowledge, and investigate their impact on subsequent exploratory innovation, i.e., the creation of new elements and new combinations. Using patent data of 111 US semiconductor companies from 2000–2010, we find an inverted U-shape relationship in creating knowledge combinations in a firm’s knowledge network as well positive relationships between knowledge elements and knowledge combinations. The results highlight the important role of the firm’s accumulated knowledge resources in creating exploratory innovation.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Innovation-Organization & Management
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Linking the firm’s knowledge network and subsequent exploratory innovation: A study based on semiconductor industry patent data
Volume 19
Number 4
Year 2017
Page from 463
Page to 482
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14479338.2017.1358101
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14479338.2017.1358101
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14479338.2017.1358101

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Marhold, Klaus (Details)
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Kang, Jina (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
Yoon, S. Joseph (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2943 Research and innovation management (Details)
2951 Technology transfer (Details)
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