The renaissance of the "renaissance man"? : specialists vs. generalists in teams of inventors

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dc.contributor.author Melero, Eduardo
dc.contributor.author Palomeras, Neus
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto para el Desarrollo Empresarial (INDEM)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-16T12:26:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-16T12:26:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1989-8843
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/14057
dc.description.abstract Is there a role for the multifaceted Renaissance Man in modern team-intensive innovation activities? This paper argues that researchers with broad knowledge, also known as generalists, make an especially valuable contribution to innovation teams. Given the re-combinative nature of technological progress, innovation results depend crucially on the skilful matching of different pieces of knowledge. The presence of generalists in innovation teams makes the knowledge recombination process more effective, even if this comes at the cost of reduced knowledge depth. Moreover, typical barriers in team processes become less acute with the presence of generalists. We analyze the role of generalists versus specialists in innovation teams by tracking the trajectories of inventors in the electrical and electronics industry through their patenting activity. Our findings suggest that innovation teams with the contribution of generalists outperform those that rely on a diverse set of specialists
dc.description.sponsorship Financial support under Grants ECO2009-08278 and ECO2009-08308 of the Spanish Government is gratefully acknowledged
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries INDEM Working Paper Business Economic
dc.relation.ispartofseries 12-01
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.title The renaissance of the "renaissance man"? : specialists vs. generalists in teams of inventors
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.eciencia Empresa
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dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. ECO2009-08278
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. ECO2009-08308
dc.identifier.uxxi DT/0000000801
dc.identifier.repec id-12-01
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