THE EFFECT OF TECHNOLOGY CONVERGENCE ON CROSS-SECTORAL CO-EVOLUTION: THE CASE OF AUTOMOTIVE & ICT SECTORS

2021-7-7
Saraçoğlu, Duygu
Recent developments show that convergence, particularly technology convergence, is one of the main trends that shape the new economy. Such that, the dominant sector is being created by more than one converging sector that, in turn, provides the infrastructure for wealth and innovation creation by all sectors. Thus, convergence is becoming the basis of all sectors and it reduces the threshold of transforming the economy. Moreover, recent studies suggest that key enabling technologies (KETs) that have disruptive impact on sectoral transformation and blurring of boundaries of distinctive sectors, emerge based on technology convergence. As a result, the dynamics of the respective innovation systems (IS) also transform in a co-evolutionary perspective. Thus far, the IS approach has concerned with the dynamics of only one dominant sector and co-evolution within the sector, while only paying attention to the links of related/supportive sectors. Therefore, there is room for improvement to explain the effect of technology convergence over cross-sectoral dynamics and respective IS, as well as examining the impacts of KETs over sectoral transformation. For these reasons, this thesis aims to contribute theoretically and methodologically to the field of IS by conceptualizing an understanding of cross-sectoral co-evolution. Empirically, further refinement of the conceptualization based on a comparative multi criteria assessment of more than one sector is applied for automotive and information and communication technology sectors. As a result, a cross-sectoral matching analysis method is proposed and a Cross-Sectoral Innovation System approach is conceptualized as a contribution to the IS literature.

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Citation Formats
D. Saraçoğlu, “THE EFFECT OF TECHNOLOGY CONVERGENCE ON CROSS-SECTORAL CO-EVOLUTION: THE CASE OF AUTOMOTIVE & ICT SECTORS,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.