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As software vendors provide their Software as a Service (SaaS) and allow users to access the software functions via open interfaces, the innovation style has shifted from local innovation of a software user, to collective innovation of an entire system of users and software. This new innovation trend directs the innovation research to the structural and evolutionary patterns of SaaS networks, in which a node represents a software service and a link the combined use of two software services for provisioning a new service. However, prior research concentrates only on the static properties of network structure and the position of nodes in the network, but misses the dynamics in the evolution context.
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