Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Diversity in patterns of industry evolution: how an intrapreneurial regime contributed to the emergence of the service robot industry in Japan

Lechevalier, Sebastien
Nishimura, Junichi
Volume: 43
Pages: 1716 - 1729
ISSN-Print: 0048-7333
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2014
Keywords: New industries; Entrepreneurship; Intrapreneurship; Robot technology; Japanese innovation system

How do new industries emerge? This paper aims to answer this question by analyzing the key actors in this process.Wefocus on the new industry of service robot. By using data of Japanese patent applications, we analyze the role of new firms and of collaborations. We find that the emergence of the industry is mainly triggered by established large firms, rather than bynewfirms.Wefurther show that collaborations are at the core of new industry formation, but that they possess distinct properties. As the emergence of this new industry matches to the characteristics of Japan’s institutional and knowledge regime we essentially argue that the notion of regimes with fewer start-ups being inefficient is erroneous. Our main conclusion is that industry emergence in intrapreneurial regimes seems to be distinctive from entrepreneurial regimes.