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If it looks like a paradox and walks like a paradox: an attempt to disentangle openness- and appropriability-related tensions
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3371-9313
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22723DiVA: diva2:1045688
Conference
3rd Annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC) 2016 'Open Innovation in the Digital Age', 15-16 December 2016, Barcelona, Spain
Available from: 2016-11-10 Created: 2016-11-10 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Exploring Tensions between Appropriability and Openness to Collaboration in Innovation
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2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Researchers, policy makers and practitioners alike have in recent years acknowledged a growing tendency towards opening up the innovation process by combining internal organizational assets with external actors’ resources. However, opening up the innovation process usually also entails revealing ideas, which may result in misappropriation. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate tensions related to the openness-appropriability relationship; this is done in three studies. The first study concerns a specific contextual factor that is likely to stress the openness-appropriability tensions: the location of external partners in innovation. The second study relates to the way managing openness-appropriability tensions affects performance, and the third study involves a theoretical discussion about the nature of the tensions occurring in the openness-appropriability relationship, i.e. paradoxical, dilemmatic, or dialectical. The first two studies apply quantitative methods, using survey data, while the third is a conceptual paper. The findings from the first study indicate that the use of different groups of appropriability mechanisms varies across various types of openness and that the location of external partners in innovation refines these linkages even more. The second study’s main takeaway is that the higher appropriability intensity, i.e. the extent to which appropriability mechanisms are put into practice, explains higher performance outcomes. The third study suggests that the tensions between openness and appropriability are more likely of paradoxical nature. From a theoretical perspective, findings indicate that paradoxical tensions between openness and appropriability may have a spatial dimension, and that these tensions should also be investigated in regards to performance. Managerial implications point out that opening up to innovation partners located abroad is likely to require more costly appropriability mechanisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 40 p.
Keyword
Appropriability, Openness, Tensions, Open Innovation, Performance, Intellectual Property Rights, Territoriality, Location, Intellectual Property Protection Mechanisms, Paradox, Dilemma, Dialectic
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering Law
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23758 (URN)978-91-7729-273-9 (ISBN)
Presentation
2017-02-23, 243, Lindstedtsvägen 30, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-03-17 Created: 2017-03-16 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved

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