I'm not sure where better to ask this, maybe Philosophy either English SE are better places than Academia?
From computer games like Civilizations, we know the concept of the technology tree, i.e. different technologies and innovations are conceived to be interlinked in a graph.
Is there actually such a thing (maybe not exactly but comparable) in reality* in terms of research and technology management and if yes what is the proper term for that (given that the "TechTree" term is specific to games?
* Besides the paper citation graph