, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 155–205 | Cite as

Co-word analysis as a tool for describing the network of interactions between basic and technological research: The case of polymer chemsitry

  • M. Callon
  • J. P. Courtial
  • F. Laville


The goal of this paper is to show how co-word analysis techniques can be used to study interactions between academic and technological research. It is based upon a systematic content analysis of publications in the polymer science field over a period of 15 years. The results concern a.) the evolution of research in different subject areas and the patterns of their interaction; b.) a description of subject area “life cycles”; c.) an analysis of ”research trajectories” given factors of stability and change in a research network; d.) the need to use both science push and technology pull theories to explain the interaction dynamics of a research field. The co-word techniques developed in this paper should help to build a bridge between research in scientometrics and work underway to better understand the economics of innovation.


Polymer Life Cycle Content Analysis Research Field Subject Area 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Callon
    • 1
  • J. P. Courtial
    • 1
  • F. Laville
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de Sociologie de l'InnovationEcole des Mines de ParisParis(France)

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