Technological innovations and industry clustering in the bicycle industry in Taiwan

Yu Shan Chen*, Ming Ji James Lin, Ching Hsun Chang, Fang Mei Liu

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Abstract

This study explores technological innovations and industry clustering in the bicycle industry in Taiwan. It shows that clustering in the bicycle industry not only decreases transaction costs among the firms in the cluster but also increases cooperation and efficiency between the bicycle manufacturers and their partners as a result of standardization and modularization of bicycle components. Following a patent analysis, the study finds that two systems-the wheel system and the bicycle frame system-are the strengths of Taiwanese bicycle and component manufacturers; conversely, the transmission (i.e., gears) and brake systems are their weaknesses. Moreover, industry clustering increases the efficiency of information exchange such that the spillover effect of technological innovation is significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-217
Number of pages11
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bicycle industry
  • Clustering
  • Patent analysis
  • Taiwan
  • Technological innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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