Beyond local search: Bridging platforms and inter-sectoral technological integration

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This paper explores the dynamics of inter-sectoral technological integration by introducing the concept of bridging platform as a node of pervasive technologies, whose collective broad applicability may enhance the connection between ‘distant’ knowledge by offering a technological coupling. Using data on patents obtained from the CRIOS-PATSTAT database for four EU countries (Germany, UK, France and Italy), we provide empirical evidence that bridging platforms are likely to connect more effectively innovations across distant technological domains, fostering inter-sectoral technological integration and the development of original innovation. Public research organisations are also found to play a crucial role in terms of technological integration and original innovation due to their higher capacity to access and use bridging platforms within their innovation activities.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-206
Number of pages11
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number1
Early online date4 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


  • Bridging platform, Technological integration, Basic science, Public research, Patent originality, Distant search