Technology in the 21st century: New challenges and opportunities
Publication date: Available online 12 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Jie Sheng, Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, Xiaojun WangAbstractAlthough big data, big data analytics (BDA) and business intelligence have attracted growing attention of both academics and practitioners, a lack of clarity persists about how BDA has been applied in business and management domains. In reflecting on Professor Ayre's contributions, we want to extend his ideas on technological change by incorporating the discourses around big data, BDA and business intelligence. With this in mind, we integrate the burgeoning but d...
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How do companies organize nascent markets? The BlaBlaCar case in the inter-city shared mobility market
This study explores how an online market platform, BlaBlaCar, has been able to organize the nascent market of inter-city shared mobility. Data were gathered via three in-depth interviews with BlaBlaCar's managers, more than two hundred newspaper articles and other archival information. Using an inductive qualitative approach, the case analysis reveals that in claiming, demarcating and controlling the market, BlaBlaCar has adopted a unique course of action while also leveraging on specific social media functional building blocks for creating, extending and locking-in the community of its users. The study concludes with impl...
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How structural embeddedness leads to pioneering orientation
Publication date: Available online 12 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): María J. Ruiz-Ortega, Pedro M. García-Villaverde, Gloria Parra-RequenaAbstractThis paper studies the influence of structural embeddedness (SE) on pioneering orientation (PO) in the Spanish shoe industry. The results obtained indicate that SE has a curvilinear relationship (inverted U-shape) with PO. This curvilinear relationship is moderated by both technological and marketing capabilities in opposite directions. While the relationship is weaker with an increase in technological capabilities, it is str...
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From my perspective: The globalization paradox
Publication date: Available online 12 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Fred Phillips (Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change)
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“Forced technology transfer” policies: Workings in China and strategic implications
Publication date: Available online 13 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Dan Prud'homme, Max von Zedtwitz, Joachim Jan Thraen, Martin BaderAbstractThis paper evaluates the ability of “forced technology transfer” (FTT) policies – i.e., policies meant to increase foreign-domestic technology transfer that simultaneously weaken appropriability of foreign innovations – to contribute to technology transfer. We focus on transfer of frontier technology in China's newly designated “strategic emerging industries” (SEIs). Drawing on a survey of foreign firms, ext...
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Nowcasting and forecasting aquaponics by Google Trends in European countries
Publication date: Available online 13 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Maria José Palma Lampreia Dos SantosAbstractAquaponics, an innovation in agricultural systems of production and food supply which combines aquaculture fish production with hydroponic production of vegetables, represents a valuable option to overcome the food needs of a constantly increasing world population, it can do so by improving production and supply with less inputs and in a sustainable way. Despite recent developments in this scientific area, there are still not enough commercial firms at a European le...
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A conceptual view of exergy destruction in mergers and acquisitions
This study thus responds to exploring the issue of high failure rates in mergers and acquisitions in an entirely different way. As the first output of a research programme on the conceptual, theoretical and empirical issues in merger and acquisitions research, we conceptualize the loss of performance or exergy in mergers and acquisitions using thermodynamic analysis of the mixing process in physical systems. Three propositions are developed that conceptualize the ideal conditions for mergers in terms of firm size, relatedness between the merging firms and the ambient states. The exergy loss due to merging increases with th...
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Leadership style and innovation atmosphere in enterprises: An empirical study
Publication date: Available online 14 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Yongping Xie, Wei Xue, Ling Li, Anmin Wang, Yong Chen, Qianlin Zheng, Yayun Wang, Xinjuan LiAbstractExisting literatures have explored the positive effect of leadership style on innovation atmosphere from a team perspective. However, much attention has been paid to transformational leadership style, whereas studies on transactional leadership style are not available. To this end, this paper explores the relationship between the two leadership styles and innovation atmosphere in enterprises. The intermediary role tha...
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Social progress and international patent collaboration
This study focuses on how international patent collaboration (IPC) influences social development at the country level. Although researchers have traditionally stressed the effects of IPC on countries' technological development, there are indications that it can also have important social effects. In this context, this paper provides an empirical evaluation of the influence of different types of patents (i.e., patents invented abroad and patents invented in the focal country by foreign researchers) on the Social Progress Index. Using panel data on a sample of 35 OECD countries over the period 2009–2016, the results su...
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Digital subsistence entrepreneurs on Facebook
Publication date: Available online 15 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Eva Delacroix, Béatrice Parguel, Florence Benoit-MoreauAbstractDigital entrepreneurs are usually presented as young, urban, well-educated individuals working for innovative start-ups. In sharp contrast with this “hipster” view, this research identifies digital subsistence entrepreneurs as a new type of entrepreneurs that recently appeared in developed countries. To do so, it investigates buy-and-sell activities on Facebook groups using a multi-method approach involving in-depth interviews, netnogr...
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Discovering and forecasting interactions in big data research: A learning-enhanced bibliometric study
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Yi Zhang, Ying Huang, Alan L. Porter, Guangquan Zhang, Jie LuAbstractAs one of the most impactful emerging technologies, big data analytics and its related applications are powering the development of information technologies and are significantly shaping thinking and behavior in today's interconnected world. Exploring the technological evolution of big data research is an effective way to enhance technology management and create value for research and development strategies for both government and industry. This pa...
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Business models dynamics and business ecosystems in the emerging 3D printing industry
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Ke Rong, Dean Patton, Weiwei ChenAbstractThis paper explores the relationships that exist between business models and ecosystems evolving in the 3D printing industry using qualitative evidence drawn from three countries: China, UK and USA. In particular, this research proposes that it is important to understand the process of business model dynamics and formulation and how the associated ecosystem evolves alongside this process to support its development. In studying the dynamics of business models in the 3D printin...
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Low carbon transitions pathways in mobility: Applying the MLP in a combined case study and simulation bridging analysis of passenger transport in the Netherlands
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Jonathan Köhler, Bruno Turnheim, Mike HodsonAbstractThe analysis addresses two critical gaps in the literature on low-carbon mobility transitions: 1) scenarios of low-carbon mobility concentrate on technological substitution and have only a limited representation of niche-regime interactions and behavioural change, and 2) detailed qualitative analysis of socio-technical transitions dynamics have limited utility in developing future projections. It applies the Multi-Level Perspective on transitions, combining ca...
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Diffusion of complementary evolving pharmaceutical innovations: The case of Abacavir and its pharmacogenetic companion diagnostic in Italy
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Dimitri Gagliardi, Ronnie Ramlogan, Pierluigi Navarra, Cinzia Dello RussoAbstractInnovation is increasingly important in the delivery of efficient healthcare; however, the pathways through which medical innovation reach clinical practice are fraught with uncertainty. Further scientific investigation and technological development are normal in medical innovation even when drugs, diagnostics or medical procedures are already adopted. Diffusion studies rarely admit such possibilities as a fundamental element of their c...
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Different patterns in the evolution of digital and non-digital ventures' business models
Publication date: Available online 19 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Marc König, Christina Ungerer, Guido Baltes, Orestis TerzidisAbstractThe business model canvas (BMC) and the lean start-up manifesto (LSM) have been changing both the entrepreneurial education and, on the practical side, the mindset in setting up innovative ventures since the burst of the dot-com bubble. However, few empirical insights on the business model implementation patterns that distinguish between digital and non-digital innovative ventures exist. Connecting practical management tools to network theory ...
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A bibliometric review of the innovation adoption literature
Publication date: Available online 19 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Johannes A.W.H. van Oorschot, Erwin Hofman, Johannes I.M. HalmanAbstractInnovation adoption is of utmost importance for company survival. That is why it is important to develop a thorough understanding of this research domain and the themes it encapsulates. Since the early work of Everett Rogers, the adoption of innovation literature has attracted considerable attention and has continued to grow rapidly, resulting in a large but fragmented body of literature. The goal of this study is to provide a coherent overview ...
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Technology and value network evolution in telehealth
This article analyzes a potential evolution of the telehealth value network. For that, we first identified the current trends in the evolution of telehealth technologies and products based on the quantitative analysis and review of three different types of literature – scientific publications, patents, and press releases. Furthermore, we discussed the actors that can drive the future telehealth industry by taking a key role in its value network. The study indicates that technologies and products brought by consumer companies will be used in telehealth for the self-management of chronic diseases and wellness. To facil...
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Enhancing adoption of agricultural technologies requiring high initial investment among smallholders
This study investigates how increasing farmers' awareness and exposure to new agricultural technologies through the creation of systematic linkages in the research-to-development continuum affect adoption. The double hurdle and duration analysis models were applied to a sample of 820 smallholder households producing wheat and barley in Syria. The results show that increasing exposure and awareness of the zero tillage technology through organized field days and demonstration trials, complemented with providing free access to costly zero tillage seeders for first-time users, increases the propensity, speed, and intensity of ...
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Circular economy and big data analytics: A stakeholder perspective
Publication date: Available online 20 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Shivam Gupta, Haozhe Chen, Benjamin T. Hazen, Sarabjot Kaur, Ernesto D.R. Santibañez GonzalezAbstractThe business concept of the circular economy (CE) has gained significant momentum among practitioners and researchers alike. However, successful adoption and implementation of this paradigm of managing business remains a challenge. In this article, we build a case for utilizing big data analytics (BDA) as a fundamental basis for informed and data driven decision making in supply chain networks supporting CE. W...
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Industry 4.0 and capability development in manufacturing subsidiaries
Publication date: Available online 20 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Andrea SzalavetzAbstractThis paper investigates whether advanced manufacturing technologies (AMT) can modify the patterns of upgrading in manufacturing subsidiaries operating in FDI hosting factory economies. Does the digital transformation of local manufacturing engender the accumulation of local technological and R&D capabilities, or the beneficial impact of AMT remains confined to production capability?Analysis is based on primary data collected through in-depth interviews with a sample of high-flying manufac...
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Strategic learning for digital market pioneering: Examining the transformation of Wishberry's crowdfunding model
Publication date: Available online 22 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Gaurav Gupta, Indranil BoseAbstractPioneering digital firms are often built on novel business models that differentiate them from their competition. Striving for the right business model is a challenge for entrepreneurs. In their digital endeavors, firms often experiment with multiple business models before converging on to a specific, focused model that they choose to pursue. An intriguing question in this domain is how do digital market pioneers gain strategic knowledge for the transformation of their business mod...
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Who will be smart home users? An analysis of adoption and diffusion of smart homes
This study suggests implications for promoting the smart home market by analyzing factors affecting adoption and diffusion of smart homes. A technology acceptance model was used to describe the adoption of smart homes and a multivariate probit model was used to describe the diffusion of smart homes. The characteristics of smart homes such as network effects between services/products and the importance of personal information protection were considered in addition to demographic variables. The results of this study show that compatibility, perceived ease of use, and perceived usefulness have significant positive effects on ...
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Directing the technology intelligence activity: An ‘information needs’ template for initiating the search
Publication date: Available online 22 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Clive Kerr, Robert PhaalAbstractIn technology-intensive sectors, strategic planning requires relevant and timely information about new/emerging technologies – this is a critical input. Therefore, technology intelligence activities should be directed to capture and deliver pertinent technological information. However, there is a distinct lack of tools for helping organizations to determine what constitutes useful/appropriate information for their needs. To address this issue, an ‘information needs’ ...
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Digital Disruption beyond Uber and Airbnb—Tracking the long tail of the sharing economy
Publication date: Available online 23 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Andrea Geissinger, Christofer Laurell, Christian SandströmAbstractThe sharing economy can be regarded as a discontinuous innovation that creates increased abundance throughout society. Extant literature on the sharing economy has been predominantly concerned with Uber and Airbnb. As little is known about where the sharing economy is gaining momentum beyond transportation and accommodation, the purpose of this paper is to map in what sectors of the economy it is perceived to gain traction. Drawing on data from s...
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Narrating the future: A distentive capability approach to strategic foresight
Publication date: Available online 23 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): David Sarpong, Eve Eyres, Georgios BatsakisAbstractStrategic foresight encompasses thinking and organizing differently within the contingencies of the present in ways that is mindful of the unpredictable future. Building on the Ricoeurian notion of distentio- ‘the stretching of consciousness through simultaneous attention to memory and expectation’, we develop the concept of distentive capability as a spatio-temporal process of ‘way-finding’ that sustains the creative emergence of strategic f...
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The rise of electronic social networks and implications for advertisers
Publication date: Available online 25 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Zakaria BabutsidzeAbstractThe raise of modern digital communication technologies, most notably electronic social networks, transforms structures through which consumers interact with one another. In this paper we distinguish between two channels through which product promotion affects sales. The direct channel always positively affects consumers' pre-purchase valuation. The indirect channel goes through word-of-mouth (WoM) and can be either positive or negative. The sentiment contained in WoM is generated by the com...
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Identifying and monitoring the development trends of emerging technologies using patent analysis and Twitter data mining: The case of perovskite solar cell technology
Publication date: Available online 28 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Xin Li, Qianqian Xie, Jiaojiao Jiang, Yuan Zhou, Lucheng HuangAbstractMonitoring the emergence of emerging technologies helps managers and decision makers to identify development trends in emerging technologies is crucial for government research and development (R&D), strategic planning, social investment, and enterprise practices. Researchers usually use academic papers and patent data to identify and monitoring the trends of emerging technologies from a technological perspective, but they rarely make use of so...
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Legitimacy building and e-commerce platform development in China: The experience of Alibaba
Publication date: Available online 28 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Jooyoung Kwak, Yue Zhang, Jiang YuAbstractAlthough existing studies have connected the emergence and development of e-commerce with infrastructure, culture, and regulations, we approach technological and platform acceptance from the perspective of legitimacy building. In our study, legitimacy is categorized into market, relational, and social legitimacy, and the link between each type of legitimacy and acceptance is explored. We select the case of Alibaba and argue that Alibaba was especially competent in building l...
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Institutional capabilities and technology upgrading: The case of the nuclear industry in Korea
This article explores the development process of regulatory innovation during the stages of upgrading innovation based technology for late industrialized countries. Using three cases of complex products in the nuclear industry, with special reference to (South) Korea, we investigate the regulatory innovation and formation process between regulators and developers. Although exploratory, this study shows that when the technical characteristics of a product are similar to those of existing platforms, minor institutional innovation is settled easily. On the contrary, as the discontinuity of a product technology increases, it b...
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An empirical knowledge production function of agricultural research and extension: The case of the University of California Cooperative Extension
Publication date: Available online 28 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Diti Chatterjee, Ariel Dinar, Gloria González-RiveraAbstractOur study examines empirically the impact of agricultural research inputs on the creation and dissemination of knowledge by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). We formulate a conceptual framework to understand the relationship between the agricultural research inputs employed by UCCE and the knowledge shared. We develop an index of knowledge based on a weighted average of the various modes through which knowledge is produced by...
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“It's not my fault, I am in the right!” Exploration of neutralization in the justification of the support and use of a controversial technological collaborative consumption service
This study posits CBPs as ethically and morally questionable, and thus as controversial consumption schemes. Drawing on the neutralization theory research stream, this study seeks to identify how supporters and users justify the existence of controversial consumption systems such as CBPs. Our results show that, to justify CBPs, supporters and users both tend to depend heavily on neutralization techniques such as appealing to higher loyalties, condemnation of condemners, denial of victims, denial of responsibility and invocation of normalcy. Interestingly, these techniques are used in conjunction with non-neutralization tec...
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R&D endowments at home driving R&D internationalisation: Evidence from the Italian business R&D survey
This study aims at unpacking the internal R&D determinants spurring a firm to invest in R&D abroad, that is owning R&D performing affiliates abroad. Differently from previous literature – mainly focusing on country level determinants as well as on motivations for the location choice of foreign R&D – we make a shift in the observation point. In particular, we dig deeper into the characteristics of firms' intra-mural R&D and the different types of R&D outsourcing to assess their association with R&D internationalisation. On the one hand, we account for the different types of R&D em...
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Disruptive technologies and abundance in the service sector - toward a refined technology acceptance model
In this study, we address this puzzle by investigating the factors influencing the intention to use a disruptive technology. We draw on the example of mobile payment and develop and test a refined technology acceptance model. Results indicate that the intention to use mobile payment services is positively affected by perceived usefulness, perceived compatibility, perceived personal innovativeness, and perceived social influence, but is negatively affected by perceived risk. Both perceived costs and perceived risk mitigate the positive impact of several other characteristics. Our findings provide points of leverage to bette...
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A principal–agent perspective on consumer co-production: Crowdfunding and the redefinition of consumer power
This article treats crowdfunding, a practice that helps firms fund new projects using online communities of consumers, as a specific case of co-production. Through the lens of principal–agent theory, the article examines the agency relationship in co-production through which a company delegates some parts of the production process to consumers, empowering them. More specifically, a qualitative study uncovers three issues in the agency relationship created by crowdfunding. The issues pertain to the funding source, approval of a project, and community management, and all represent sources of empowerment for consumers. ...
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Changing trends in internet startup value propositions, from the perspective of the customer
Publication date: Available online 30 June 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeAuthor(s): Huong Van Le, Min-ho SuhAbstractStartups are a rising trend among entrepreneurs regardless of age, educational background, and gender. However, given the rapid increase in the number of newly established startups, the percent of businesses that fail is not insignificant. One of the many reasons why startups fail is the difficulty of identifying a clear value proposition from the customer's perspective. This should be carefully considered. Hence, this research aims to analyze the information on Internet startup value...
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Are innovation and financial development causative factors in economic growth? Evidence from a panel granger causality test
This article employs panel unit root and panel cointegration tests to determine the interactions between innovation, financial development, and economic growth in 49 European countries between 1961 and 2014. The results suggest a cointegrating relationship between the three series. A vector error-correction model is estimated, showing that financial development and innovation are both causative factors of economic growth in the long run. Thus, a policy focus on financial development and innovation is appropriate as an approach to boost the economic performance of these countries.Graphical abstract (Source: Technological Fo...
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The overlooked role of embeddedness in disruptive innovation theory
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Ronny Reinhardt, Sebastian GurtnerAbstractDisruptive innovation theory assumes that primary and secondary performance dimensions as well as price influence adoption and use differently depending on the product category. Study 1 tests this premise using a large and heterogeneous sample of consumers. We surveyed 871 users in three traditional, high-cost product categories (business software, video games, conventional TV) and three related, potentially disruptive, low-cost product categories (mobile business apps, mobile games...
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Information acquisition, learning and the adoption of conservation agriculture in Malawi: A discrete-time duration analysis
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Robertson R.B. Khataza, Graeme J. Doole, Marit E. Kragt, Atakelty HailuAbstractUnderstanding factors that influence the adoption of agricultural innovations is imperative to stakeholders promoting such technologies as well as farmers who are the potential users of the same. Using a discrete-time duration model, this study identifies factors that determine the timing of adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) in Malawi. We establish that social learning through a network of peers, and access to extension advisors facilitat...
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Evolution of the open innovation paradigm: Towards a contingent conceptual model
This study aims to propose a contingent conceptual framework for open innovation that reflects the evolution of this concept based on the academic literature. Besides, it aims to analyze how open innovation can affect firm and innovation performance. Additionally, it identifies the key contingent variables that affect the relationship between open innovation and performance. To accomplish these objectives, the research design is a systematic literature review, merging bibliometrics, content analysis and mind maps. The bibliometrics was applied to investigate the key references and topics. For the content analysis, a detail...
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Proliferation of meso-industrial revolutions: is industry 4.0 just one of the waves?
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Junmo Kim, Ador Torneo (Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change)
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Fortune favors the prepared: How SMEs approach business model innovations in Industry 4.0
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Julian Marius Müller, Oana Buliga, Kai-Ingo VoigtAbstractThe article analyzes how Industry 4.0 triggers changes in the business models of manufacturing SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), by conducting a qualitative research with a sample of 68 German SMEs from three industries (automotive suppliers, mechanical and plant engineering, as well as electrical engineering and ICT). As SMEs play an essential role in industrial value creation, the article examines significant, yet at present understudied implications o...
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When titans meet – Can industry 4.0 revolutionise the environmentally-sustainable manufacturing wave? The role of critical success factors
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour, Cyril Foropon, Moacir Godinho FilhoAbstractThis work makes the case for integrating two industrial waves that promise to re-shape current patterns of production and consumption: Industry 4.0 and environmentally-sustainable manufacturing. We argue that, although these two trends cannot be considered an industrial revolution, Industry 4.0-associated technologies nevertheless have the unique potential to unlock environmentally-sustainable manufacturing. Produ...
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Industry 4.0 as policy-driven discourse to institutionalize innovation systems in manufacturing
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Georg ReischauerAbstractWe are witnessing an increasing adoption of digital technologies in manufacturing industries around the globe. This trend is often debated under the label Industry 4.0. A key claim put forward in these debates is that Industry 4.0 represents a revolution that will reshape manufacturing industries akin to previous industrial revolutions. Despite the popularity of this claim, it provides little help to clarify the identity of Industry 4.0. Such a clarification is however much needed given the worldwide...
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Are countries ready for the new meso revolution? Testing the waters for new industrial change in Korea
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Junmo KimAbstractCapitalism needs momentum and market for growth. Even without subscribing to a specific academic school, capitalism has felt the need for theories or mechanisms to overcome crises in the past. This research tries to shed light on the recent momentum of industry 4.0 with an expanded scope that includes this wave in a series of meso revolutions brought about by the spread of capitalism. After reviewing a lineage of theories that could shape meso revolutions in economic history, this research used Bank of Kore...
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Industry 4.0: A Korea perspective
The objectives of this paper are (1) to have a detailed, practical discussion of Industry 4.0, and (2) to suggest policy implications to transition toward Industry 4.0 in Korea. Companies should consider Industry 4.0 very seriously as they develop their future initiatives since traditional manufacturing business models do not fit with the emerging technologies of Industry 4.0. Some issues should be addressed with care: IT security, reliability and stability needed for critical machine-to-machine communication; a need to maintain the integrity of production processes, avoid IT snags, and protect industrial knowhow; and the ...
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Cyclic dependence, vertical integration, and innovation: The case of Japanese electronics sector in the 1990s
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Jianxi Luo, Giorgio TriulziAbstractThe architecture of a firm's network of transactions in its surrounding business ecosystem may affect its innovation performance. Here we proximate a business ecosystem as a transaction network among firms. Specifically, we analyze how the innovation performances of the firms are associated with their network positions and vertical structures in the transaction network, using the data for the Japanese electronics sector in the early 1990s. The results show that, a firm's participation in i...
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Toward data-driven idea generation: Application of Wikipedia to morphological analysis
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Heeyeul Kwon, Yongtae Park, Youngjung GeumAbstractThe generation of new and creative ideas is vital to stimulating innovation. Morphological analysis is one appropriate method given its objective, impersonal, and systematic nature. However, how to build a morphological matrix is a critical problem, especially in the big data era. This research focuses on Wikipedia's case-specific characteristics and well-coordinated knowledge structure and attempts to integrate the platform with morphological analysis. In details, several m...
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Theorising about barriers to open e-learning systems in public administrations
This study is motivated to overcome this unaddressed problem and develops a process model based on adaptive structuration theory (AST) and the punctuated socio-technical change model (PSIC). It represents how barriers unfold between actors, technology, and organisational properties in public administrations. The PaSIC model provides a new perspective on how critical incidents drive the emergence and progress of barriers to the general use of e-learning technology. Implications of the study clarify why particular organisational actors, properties and technology should be considered in future research in order to realise cha...
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Did the global financial crisis impact firms' innovation performance? The role of internal and external knowledge capabilities in high and low tech industries
This study provides valuable insights to managers aiming to develop strong internal knowledge bases to remain competitive under uncertain financial conditions. (Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change)
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Exploring technology opportunities by visualizing patent information based on generative topographic mapping and link prediction
Publication date: July 2018Source: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 132Author(s): Byungun Yoon, Christopher L. MageeAbstractThe shortening lifetime of technology requires companies to make intensive efforts to continuously explore new technology. Although many researchers have proposed visualization methods to find technology opportunities, little attention has been paid to present detailed directions of technology development with specified characteristics of technology. Thus, this research aims to suggest a systematic approach to conducting technology opportunity analysis by visualizing patent informat...
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