Academics in Networks of Inventors: An Exploration of KEINS Database

Bulat Sanditov, UNU-MERIT

This paper presents first results from social network analysis of inventors' networks with emphasis on positions of academic researchers. It makes use of the KEINS database on academic patenting in three European countries (France, Italy, and Sweden). We find that inventors' networks in science-based technologies have "small world" characteristics such as high clustering and short average path length. We also find the academic inventors occupy more important network positions vis-à-vis industrial researchers, according to both local (degree centrality and transitivity) and global (betweenness centrality) network measures. We discuss our findings in the Open Science vs. Proprietary Technology framework.

About the speaker
Bulat Sanditov is a post-doctoral fellow at the UNU-MERIT. He studied physics in Novosibirsk State University and Moscow State Open University and economics in New Economic School (Moscow). He worked as a researcher at the Institute of Automation and Electrometry of Russian Academy of Science. He did his PhD in Economics of Technical Change at the UNU-MERIT. From 2005-2007 he was a post-doctoral fellow at Centro di Ricerca sui Processi di Innovazione e Internazionalizzazione (CESPRI), Universita Commerciale "Luigi Bocconi" (Milan, Italy). His research interests include university-industry relationships, academic patenting, and network analysis.

Venue: Keizer Karelplein 19, Maastricht

Date: 01 March 2007

Time: 16:00