“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. Co-citation analyses point to three largely distinct communities on disruptive technology/innovation and emerging technology. 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.
Author(s): Munan Li, Alan L. Porter, Arho Suominen
Organisation(s): South China University of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Source: Technological Forecasting & Social Change