'Old' and recent knowledge in a global industry; the integrated circuit industry and France, 1970s-2013

Anna Spadavecchia, Yen-Chen Ho

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEntreprises et Histoire
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Aug 2020


  • technological innovation
  • knowledge
  • global industry
  • semiconductor Industry
  • France

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