The Community Structure of Business Establishments and its Properties: Evidence from Joint Patent Applications

13 Pages Posted: 21 May 2018 Last revised: 7 May 2019

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Hiroyasu Inoue

University of Hyogo, Graduate School of Information Science

Date Written: May 6, 2018

Abstract

We investigate what properties are associated with knowledge-creating communities. By using unique Japanese patent data and a community-detection method, we separate Japanese business establishments into communities composed of connections through joint patent applications. By comparing actual and random communities, we reveal that communities are similar in the total patents applied for, the total citations, and geographic distance and that they are dissimilar in their knowledge distance. The findings can benefit those who develop collaboration strategies in firms and create government policies to nurture collaborations among business establishments.

Keywords: patent, business establishment, community, network

JEL Classification: O31, O34

Suggested Citation

Inoue, Hiroyasu, The Community Structure of Business Establishments and its Properties: Evidence from Joint Patent Applications (May 6, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3174307 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3174307

Hiroyasu Inoue (Contact Author)

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