Insights into relationships between disruptive technology/innovation and emerging technology: A bibliometric perspective

Munan Li (Corresponding Author), Alan L. Porter, Arho Suominen

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    "Disruptive technology & disruptive innovation" have been of scholarly interest for years, but there is still a need to better understand the nature of disruptions and their relationship to emerging technology processes. This paper pursues these issues by analyzing the interplay of technological emergence, disruption, and innovation. Applying bibliometric methods, the paper explores the conceptual foundations, themes, and research communities within these research domains. The results highlight the multiple theoretical foundations of research around technological change processes, disruption, and emergence. These differences among the domains invite conceptual cross-fertilization and consideration of interdisciplinary approaches to technological (and commercial) emergence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)285-296
    Number of pages12
    JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
    Early online date6 Nov 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



    • disruptive technology
    • disruptive innovation
    • emerging technology
    • bibliometric analysis
    • co-citation
    • bibliographic coupling

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