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Text-based indicators for architectural inventions derived from patent documents: the case of Apple’s iPad

Dimitrov, Dimitar (2014) Text-based indicators for architectural inventions derived from patent documents: the case of Apple’s iPad.

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Abstract:Nowadays companies are endangered not only from radical breakthrough innovations that disrupt the market and company knowledge, but also from architectural innovations, which recombine different existing technologies in a new way. There are already studies exploring the power of patent documents in finding indicators for potential architectural innovations. However, additional research on these indicators is needed. This thesis aims to further develop indicators for the architectural nature of technical inventions. It aims at building new theory, using a longitudinal embedded single case study as a research design. It focuses on Apple’s iPad as an object of analysis due to its extreme impact on the mobile computers industry. This thesis proposes a new method for identification of the architectural nature of a patent using text-based indicators in form of keywords. The method is validated through an expert opinion, but it also shows low congruence. Nevertheless, results show potential despite the discrepancy between the keywords and the expert opinion approaches and further development seems plausible.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64706
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