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Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 688; doi:10.3390/su8070688

A Patent Analysis for Sustainable Technology Management

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Department of Secretarial Management, Kimpo University, Gyeonggi 10020, Korea
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Department of Statistics, Cheongju University, Chungbuk 28503, Korea
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Graduate School of Management of Technology, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 4 June 2016 / Revised: 10 July 2016 / Accepted: 14 July 2016 / Published: 18 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
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Abstract

Technology analysis (TA) is an important issue in the management of technology. Most R&D (Research & Development) policies have depended on diverse TA results. Traditional TA results have been obtained through qualitative approaches such as the Delphi expert survey, scenario analysis, or technology road mapping. Although they are representative methods for TA, they are not stable because their results are dependent on the experts’ knowledge and subjective experience. To solve this problem, recently many studies on TA have been focused on quantitative approaches, such as patent analysis. A patent document has diverse information of developed technologies, and thus, patent is one form of objective data for TA. In addition, sustainable technology has been a big issue in the TA fields, because most companies have their technological competitiveness through the sustainable technology. Sustainable technology is a technology keeping the technological superiority of a company. So a country as well as a company should consider sustainable technology for technological competition and continuous economic growth. Also it is important to manage sustainable technology in a given technology domain. In this paper, we propose a new patent analysis approach based on statistical analysis for the management of sustainable technology (MOST). Our proposed methodology for the MOST is to extract a technological structure and relationship for knowing the sustainable technology. To do this, we develop a hierarchical diagram of technology for finding the causal relationships among technological keywords of a given domain. The aim of the paper is to select the sustainable technology and to create the hierarchical technology paths to sustainable technology for the MOST. This contributes to planning R&D strategy for the sustainability of a company. To show how the methodology can be applied to real problem, we perform a case study using retrieved patent documents related to telematics technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: management of sustainable technology; technology analysis; hierarchical diagram of technology; statistical patent analysis; telematics management of sustainable technology; technology analysis; hierarchical diagram of technology; statistical patent analysis; telematics
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Choi, J.; Jun, S.; Park, S. A Patent Analysis for Sustainable Technology Management. Sustainability 2016, 8, 688.

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