Digital Convergence: Examining the Dissolution of Industrial and Technological Boundaries

Creators: Müller, Lukas and Hund, Axel and Wagner, Heinz-Theo
Title: Digital Convergence: Examining the Dissolution of Industrial and Technological Boundaries
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Event Title: (Proceedings of the) 30th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
Event Location: Timișoara, Romania
Event Dates: June, 18-24, 2022
Projects: CROSS
Page Range: Paper 1471
Date: 2022
Divisions: Informationsmanagement
Abstract (ENG): Digital convergence is frequently discussed in research. The concept of convergence describes how formerly separate areas are increasingly merging. So far, however, we have only a rudimentary understanding of digital convergence for several reasons. First, digital convergence is not clearly conceptualized and used differently across contexts. Second, we have little insight into what is converging and at what pace. We conceptualize digital convergence by arguing that its sociotechnical nature requires jointly considering technical and social aspects. Our analysis of a longitudinal patent data set covering 31 years and 677,045 patents from 124 industries shows that (1) industry boundaries defined by the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) are dissolving as companies interact with technological knowledge outside their industrial boundaries. (2) Specific technology classes defined in the International Patent Classification (IPC) increasingly cite - and converge with - other technology classes. We close by highlighting promising avenues for future research on digital convergence.
Forthcoming: No
Language: English
Citation:

Müller, Lukas and Hund, Axel and Wagner, Heinz-Theo (2022) Digital Convergence: Examining the Dissolution of Industrial and Technological Boundaries. In: (Proceedings of the) 30th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), June, 18-24, 2022, Timișoara, Romania, Paper 1471.

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