IRS J. Nils Foege
Thursday, 26 June 2014, 4pm, TIM Social Area
The Geography of Imitation: Global Innovation Ecosystems and the Risk of Being Infringed
In response to global challenges and rapid technology shifts, firms increasingly engage in innovation collaboration with proximal and distant firms. Strategic management scholars provide evidence for a positive relationship between the degree of “openness” and the focal firm’s innovative performance. Despite these benefits, collaboration also comprises considerable risks. On that note, sharing idiosyncratic resources voluntarily or unintentionally disclosing tacit and sticky knowledge embedded within the firm clearly incentivises imitation by competitors. These risks strongly depend on the antecedents and contingencies of each specific collaboration. Important factors are the geographic position of the partner, the intensity and timing of collaboration, as well as the legal efficacy and imitation culture in the partner’s host country. Drawing on resource-based view and neo-institutional theory, I employ regression analyses to examine the antecedents and contingencies of innovation collaboration, and their consequences on imitative behaviour.