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In this paper we examine the role early inventors, inventors actively engaged in the early-stage development of a technology, can play as an individual researcher connection to science during the lifecycle of a technology and how these early inventors impact the development of follow-on inventions. Analyzing the development of the lithium-ion battery, our study finds that early inventors can play a unique role in the science translation process and develop more valuable follow-on technologies than those inventors that only moved into the lithium-ion technology field at a later stage. Additionally, we show that by building up technology specific experience, and exploiting this experience in the development of follow-on inventions, inventors that only moved into the technology field at a later stage can mitigate, to a certain extent, the absence of an early inventor in the inventor team. These findings stress the importance of the involvement of discipline-trained scientists and inventors in the development of follow-on inventions in a given technology field.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20178 Aug 2017
Conference number: 77
http://aom.org/annualmeeting/

Conference

ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017
Number77
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period04/08/201708/08/2017
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    Research areas

  • Early inventors, Industry-science linkages, Technology trajectories

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