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Knowledge Diversity Building by Inventors

Knowledge Diversity Building by Inventors

Objective

Why do some inventors build up knowledge in a broad variety of technological areas, while others stick to their field of expertise? Recent research has shown that inventor teams involving an individual with diverse knowledge are more likely to introduce breakthrough inventions. In the light of a general trend towards specialization and teamwork, this finding raises concern about an undersupply of breakthrough inventions and warrants policy intervention to stimulate individual knowledge diversity. However, to design effective policy instruments, we need to know how highly skilled knowledge workers make decisions regarding the scope of their expertise throughout their careers. To this end, the proposed research aims to explicate the mechanisms driving knowledge diversity decisions of individual inventors.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI

Address

Via Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 171 473,28

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 844254

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 October 2019

  • End date

    30 September 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 171 473,28

  • EU contribution

    € 171 473,28

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI

Italy