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Change in innovation paths: a critical event analysis


Sharon Purchase
University of Western Australia
Sharon Purchase , Christina Kum, Doina Olaru and Geoff Soutar

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The paper was published at the 34th IMP-conference in Sri Lanka in 2018.


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This research focuses on the cyclic nature of innovation and the number of events that occur during these innovation cycles. A multiple case methodology was undertaken where commercialisation and technological innovation paths were mapped and events counted. To test for the differences in the number of events during self-reinforcing periods versus reactive periods, a multiway frequency analysis was used. Our results indicate that significantly more events were required for self-reinforcing periods and that the type of innovation case was also an important discriminator