How important is 'old' knowledge for technological innovation? This paper addresses this research question focusing on the highly innovative semiconductor industry. Using a novel dataset of patents covering the period between the early 1970s and 2013, we highlight the relevance of age-old wisdom, as well as recent knowledge, to inventions produced by a cohort of world-leading semiconductor design multinational enterprises. Our analysis focuses on France and investigates the temporal dimension of recombinant search within the intellectual legacy of French entities in various high-tech industries.
|Journal||Entreprises et Histoire|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 21 Aug 2020|
- technological innovation
- global industry
- semiconductor Industry